A team from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), along with officials from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), started a search on Saturday at the shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district where 34 minor girls were raped. Police said this was the first time CBI had conducted a search at the facility since it took over the probe into the Muzaffarpur sex scandal.

According to reports, the CFSL team has collected scientific evidence that is likely to help speed up the probe.

The CBI will soon file an application in the Muzaffarpur court to take Brajesh Thakur, main accused in the case, on remand for interrogation.

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The team opened the sealed rooms and conducted inspection, an IANS report quoted a district police officer as saying, who added: “All the activities carried out by the teams were videographed for record.”

The district administration had sealed the shelter home after Thakur was arrested along with nine others.

According to reports coming from Muzaffarpur, additional security forces have been deployed in and outside the home as the teams are likely to conduct their operations for hours.

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Since his arrest on June 2, however, Thakur has spent only five days in the prisoners’ ward at the Muzaffarpur Central Jail. He has been reportedly staying in the medical ward of the jail on health grounds.

The Patna High Court is monitoring the ongoing CBI investigation into the case.

(With agency inputs)