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Vikash Sharma

Rourkela: A minor boy, who was abducted 5 years ago by two youths from Rourkela Railway Station, was reunited with his sister today - barely a week before Rakhsya Bandhan. However, the rescued minor boy was subjected to torture by the two youths who had engaged him at their dog breeding centre, senior officials of Rourkela Police said.

As per reports, the minor who lost his parents at an early age had reportedly gone missing some five years back. A missing complaint was also filed by his sister.

Senior police officials informed that two youths-Chiranjiv Chakraborthy and Prabha Panda had held the minor boy captive at plot no-B 49 in Rourkela sector-1.

Sources said the duo runs a dog breeding centre and had engaged the minor to take care of the animals. Moreover, they used to torture the minor boy at regular intervals. Several hot branding and other injury marks on the minor boy’s body speak volumes about the inhuman treatment and torture inflicted by the two tormentors.

“They had engaged him to take care of their dogs. But my brother was treated like a dog during these long years,” said Hina Bibi, sister of the minor boy.

Hina further stated that though she is happy to get back his brother, stern action should be taken against the two youths who tortured him.

SP Sarthak Sarangi informed that the minor boy was rescued under the Operation Pari-III, launched to rescue missing children of the State.

“We got information that a child was engaged as a labourer. Later, we found that two youths, who run a dog breeding center, had held him captive. When we raided the spot, the youths had hid the boy inside a bed,” said Sarangi.

Sarangi further confirmed that the minor was subjected to torture. A case under human trafficking act will be registered against the two youths while necessary steps will be taken for the relief and rehabilitation of the boy.

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