OHRC seeks report on custodial torture of minor boy

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Human Rights Commission on Thursday filed a suo moto complaint over the merciless thrashing of a minor boy in Hirakud police station three months back and asked the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and Superintendent of Police (SP) to file a report on the heinous incident in seven days.

On Wednesday, Sambalpur SP Akhileshwar Singh had ordered the Burla SDPO to probe the matter and asked him to submit a report within 12 hrs.

Notably, a minor boy was thrashed mercilessly by officials of the Hirakud police station in Sambalpur district in September last year. The matter came to fore after exclusive footage of the incident was aired on OTV on Wednesday.

The minor boy was brought to the police station on charges of involvement in some petty quarrel, and was trampled by the lady police officer. Another police officer was seen holding the boy upside down and thrashing his feet.

The 15-year-old boy was released after two days of inhuman torture, but only after paying a bribe of Rs 6,000 on September 19.

The tortured minor boy said, “The lady police officer wearing shoes stood on my neck making me breathless. She also kicked on my face. Four officers beat me up on my neck, feet and legs. They thrashed me black and blue after tying my hands and legs.”

The boy further stated the lady police officer took Rs 6,000 from his mother. “The police officers threatened my mother to forward me to the local court if she did not pay up,” he said.

Though the boy accepted his involvement in beating up a man and snatching his mobile phone, the police officers did not listen to his pleas and thrashed him.

This act violates the Supreme Court’s guidelines that bar the police from keeping a minor in police custody, besides the directive of the Human Rights Commission.

In a related development, social activist Biswapriya Kanungo moved NHRC and filed a complaint online on the police torture on the minor boy. In his complaint, Kanungo demanded Rs 10 lakh compensation for family of the boy. Besides, the social activist sought criminal case to be registered and departmental action taken against the involved officers.