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Minor tortured by cops, says panel

india Updated: Sep 29, 2011 01:19 IST
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The National Commission For Protection Of Child Rights (NCPCR) has found that a 13-year-old boy was illegally detained and tortured by the city police and asked them to pay compensation of R25,000 to the victim's family.

According to a letter forwarded by deputy commissioner, Gurgaon to the commissioner of police recently, the NCPCR conducted a thorough inquiry and found that the boy was implicated in a false case and tortured illegally.

The commission had taken cognisance of alleged torture, abuse and unlawful detention of the minor after the Hindustan Times published a report on the matter on April 2 this year.

The NCPCR has directed district magistrate PC Meena to make monetary compensation up to the extent of R25,000 for the physical torture and mental trauma caused upon the boy by the city police. Subsequently, Meena has written to police commissioner SS Deswal to arrange for the compensation of R25,000 for the family of the victim.

The victim was arrested on charges of vehicle theft on March 28 and allegedly subjected to third-degree torture at Sector 4 police post in Gurgaon.

Some policemen allegedly injected petrol in his rectum and sprinkled chilli powder in his eyes before he was sent to a rehabilitation centre in Faridabad.

The victim, a resident of Krishna Colony and a class 5 student, was released on bail later and admitted to civil hospital in serious condition.

Doctors at the hospital had confirmed torture. They reportedly said the injury marks were around four days old.