Inmates of a privately-run residential facility for disabled children on Friday accused its founder of sexually abusing two girls and three boys.
Opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh latched onto the issue, alleging that government authorities had ignored a complaint filed earlier, against the shelter home's founder who is also its director.
The alleged victims and other inmates of the shelter home, located in the Bairagarh area of Bhopal and had a branch in Hoshangabad district until last year, submitted a police complaint on Friday evening.
Earlier in the day, nearly 40 inmates of the shelter home visited the Congress office in Bhopal where the party's state media cell chief Shobha Oza held a press conference.
"A girl had complained about sexual harassment by the director to the Hoshangabad collector in February 2017. The complaint was found to be correct but no FIR was registered," Ms Oza alleged.
However, the Hoshangabad branch was closed following the complaint, Ms Oza said.
Afterwards, another physically challenged girl and three boys were allegedly sexually abused by the director, the Congress leader claimed.
The inmates filed a complaint with the director of the social justice department of the state government Friday.
Later in the evening, the victims along with Congress leaders filed their complaint at a local police station.
Deputy inspector general of police Dharmendra Choudhary said police have received the complaint, and a probe is being conducted.
No police complaint has been registered yet, another police officer said.
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