A 16-year-old boy who is among three people who were thrashed and petrol injected in their anus on suspicions of theft last week told Ghaziabad Police that they pleaded with their aggressors for mercy but to no avail.
“All of us were sobbing and pleading with folded hands, saying we did not know anything about the missing mobile. But they caught hold of us three and called out to one person to draw out the petrol from his bike,” said the 16-year-old boy, one of the victims of the brutal incident of torture on October 12 at Loni in Ghaziabad.
“They brought syringes and filled them with petrol before drawing them into our private parts... we almost fainted with pain.”
The boy, along with another 17-year-old and a 24-year-old, were allegedly picked up by Rizwan Qureshi, Nadeem and Akil, on the suspicion that the trio had stolen Rizwan’s mobile phone. Rizwan is the younger brother of former Samajwadi Party city president Ehsan Qureshi.
The families of the victims say they are poor but aren’t scared to push for the prosecution of the powerful suspects. Rizwan and Akil were arrested by Ghaziabad Police, while the third accused Nadeem surrendered before a local court on October 18.
“I earn Rs 300-500 per day, depending on passengers I get in my auto. Rizwan is from a ‘big’ family and influential. If we spend one rupee, they can spend one lakh on court cases. This is a difference,” said Akram, the brother of the 17-year-old.
“I will contest the case... If I had any intention of compromise i would not have lodged a police complaint. Let us see what future holds for us.”
Rizwan and his aides allegedly injected petrol into the private parts of the boys, with syringes used to inject medicines in cattle.
“One by one, they penetrated the syringes into our private parts. We shouted for help but no one had mercy... they injected petrol repeatedly three-five times on each one of us... one of the syringes broke off, but they brought another one... this went on for nearly 30 minutes before an elder from their family arrived and rescued us,” the boy said.
The 16-year-old was finally operated upon at GTB Hospital on Wednesday, and now has an alternate opening for passing stool, on the left side of his abdomen, since his anus has been damaged.
The second minor who was tortured, will soon undergo the same surgery. Doctors said the alternate opening will be in place for six weeks, before a review is done.
The 16-year-old is one of seven siblings, including three married sisters. His brother Tayyab is one of the two bread earners of his family. His 47-year-old mother earns Rs 3,000 a month.
“I earn Rs 6,000 per month driving a tractor in the fields. The job is on a daily basis. Now, my owner has a new driver, since I am away, attending to my brother at the hospital. The tractor owner paid me Rs 5,000 for help with the treatment,” Tayyab said.
“My mother is a daily wage earner and she fainted when she came here to see her son. She had to be admitted to a hospital after her pressure dropped.”
The second minor, a 17-year-old, has a similar story to tell. His brother is an auto driver who earns a meagre wage per day. Akram’s younger brother Seemu was also picked up by Rizwan and his men, but he was only beaten up.