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Dilip Kumar

Keonjhar:  Even as a series of alleged incidents of custodial torture and deaths continue to evoke severe public and political outcry across the State, another such case has been reported from Patna police station in Keonjhar district on Wednesday.

A minor boy has alleged that he was subjected to third degree torture in the police station after he was summoned for an inquiry. The victim and his mother have lodged a complaint with the Superintendent of Police (SP) in this regard.

The victim who is a resident of Kameswarpurpatna village under Patna police limits had been summoned to the police station on November 21 in connection with a theft case. The boy who was accompanied by his family members appeared before police in the first hour.

The boy’s parents said that the police had assured them to release his son after questioning him. But in the afternoon when the family went to meet the boy, they found him with serious injuries on his legs, his family alleged.

They alleged that the boy was beaten up so badly that he was unable to stand or walk. His parents then took him to a nearby hospital where he was admitted for treatment for the injuries.

"They questioned me regarding a gold theft case. I had no answers as I was not involved in any such crime. They refused to believe and continued to torture me,” the minor boy said adding, “While one officer stood on my legs another continued to beat me."

After recovering from his injuries, the victim and his mother approached the SP on Wednesday morning with a written complaint against the police officials. “He (SP) instructed us to approach the court," the boy added.

The victim’s mother said "The policemen abused me verbally when I asked them why they tortured my son so inhumanly. When I did not  get any answer from them I approached the SP," she said.

Earlier, a similar alleged incident had come to light in Pipili in Puri district where six persons were subjected to third degree torture in the custody of the local police station. The matter, which created a furore across the State, is now being investigated by the DIG (central range).

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