RPF IG orders probe into ‘torture’ of minors

Bhubaneswar: A day after two minor boys were rescued from the RPF custody in Cuttack, Railways authorities on Wednesday ordered a probe into the alleged confinement and torture of the boys by RPF personnel.

The Inspector-General and Chief Security Commissioner of RPF of ECoR has advised Senior Commandant of Khurda Road Division RPF to submit a detailed report after thorough enquiry, a senior ECoR official said here.

A three-member fact-finding team headed by Assistant Commandant P K Mansingh and members Alok Kumar Jena and R K Narendra, has been constituted for the purpose, he said.

The three-member fact-finding team has already started the collection of facts and discussion with relevant witnesses in this case, sources said.

Meanwhile, the Cuttack district administration has also begun inquiry on the matter after the gruesome act came to fore on Tuesday following the intervention of some local news channels who received information from the victims’ families and intimated the administration.

“The boys were rescued and sent back to their homes. Further investigation was on,” said an official.

Bikash, 14, and Loknath, 12, were rescued from the RPF police station at Cuttack by the child protection officials.

Both the boys, residents of a city slum, told the officials that they were kept in the RPF lockup since December 31. They alleged that the RPF personnel were torturing them physically and mentally.

The RPF officials however said they detained the boys for stealing mobile phones and other items from the trains, but they failed to show any complaint lodged against the boys. They did not even hand over the boys to Government Railway Police Force for any investigation.