In a brazen incident of police brutality, a minor arrested on charges of vehicle theft was allegedly subjected to third-degree torture at the Sector 4 police post in Gurgaon earlier this week.
According to the 13-year-old victim’s parents, policemen injected petrol in his rectum and sprinkled chilli powder in his eyes during interrogation before he was sent to a rehabilitation centre in Faridabad on Tuesday.
Rahul (name changed), a resident of Krishna Colony, studies in Class 5. His father Ved Pal got the boy released on bail and admitted him in civil hospital in serious condition where he is undergoing treatment.
The doctors have confirmed torture but the actual cause of injury is yet to be ascertained.
The victim’s family has not filed a complaint against the erring police officials till now.
But the police department has a different story to tell.
“Before Rahul was sent to the juvenile home, a doctor had examined him at the civil hospital. If the boy was tortured, it must be at the rehab centre in Faridabad which does not fall under our jurisdiction,” said Maheshwar Dayal, DCP (West), Gurgaon. He, however, said the matter will be looked into when they receive a complaint.
Meanwhile, civil hospital doctors claimed the injury marks were around four days old.
“We found some black spots on his buttocks which seem to be a result of some external injury. We will constitute a medical board to examine whether the wound has been caused due to physical assault with sticks or some other object,” said Dr Khajan Singh, principal medical officer, Civil Hospital .
Dr Singh said he hasn’t seen the initial medical report, as claimed by the police. He added that if he finds anything wrong with the report, then action will be taken against guilty doctors.
Rahul was intercepted and taken to the police station on Monday when he was caught with a stolen scooter in Krishna Colony.
“When I went to the police station in the evening, the officers said my son was not there. I was shocked to hear cries and went inside the lock-up room. He was lying naked and some policemen were beating him mercilessly. The next day he was sent to the juvenile home and got bail on Thursday,” said the boy’s father who works as a helper in a private company.