The police collectively refute the claim.
Two police constables were suspended Monday for allegedly torturing a seven-year-old boy and detaining him for over 12 hours over theft charges at Sadiabad police station in Ghazipur district.
Officials claimed the boy, Mohammad Jeelani, was caught stealing goods from a general merchant shop by the shopkeeper and area locals who assaulted him and later handed him over to the police.
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Station officer (SO) of Sadiabad police station, Rahul Shukla said, “The investigation so far has found that the boy had entered a general merchant shop from the terrace at night. He, however, could not come out and when the shopkeeper opened the shop around 5.30 am, he was caught. The shopkeeper called up locals and also informed the police. They thrashed the boy before the arrival of the constables, who then brought the boy to the police station.”
He added, “I have come to know that the constables too had beaten up the boy. But, the boy was not kept in the lock-up. I called the boy’s father and handed him over and warned him to keep a watch on his son’s activities.”
Jeelani, however, said he was assaulted by the police for plucking mangoes from a garden. “I went to a garden nearby at the time of sehri (early morning ritual during Ramzan) to pluck mangoes when police held me and thrashed me badly. They first used sticks and belts and later gave me electric shocks. They have also attempted to put drub nails in my feet after which I am unable to walk properly,” he told The Indian Express.
Jeelani’s father Riyaz, said, “Bade Sahab to humko bole bacche ko le jaao. Hum daya kar ke uspe koi case nai kar rahe. Jyada halla machaoge to ise ander kar denge (The officer told me to take my son home. He said he was not lodging any case out of pity and if I raise any hue and cry, he would put my son back to prison).” Riyaz earns Rs 200 a day and has nine children.
Mahendra Kumar, Riaz’s neighbour supported his claim and said he had accompanied Riyaz to the police station in the morning b…