Minor boy thrashed in custody, made to pay Rs 6k for release

Hirakud: In yet another case of police excess in the state, a minor boy was thrashed mercilessly by officials of the Hirakud police station in Sambalpur district.

Exclusive footage of the torture aired on OTV shows the minor boy, who was brought to the police station on charges of involvement in some petty quarrel, being trampled by the lady police officer.

The torture and humiliation did not end there. Another police officer held the boy upside down and thrashed his feet.

The 15-year-old boy was released after two days of inhuman torture 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. Total 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.

Elaborating on the ordeal, the boy’s mother told media persons, “The police officers asked for Rs 7,000. However, I managed to arrange only Rs 6,000 and gave it to a lady officer at the police station in the presence of all the staff.”

Though the boy accepted about 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.

Meanwhile, Sambalpur SP Akhileshwar Singh ordered the Burla SDPO to probe the matter and asks for a report within 12 hrs.

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