Two minor boys were allegedly brutally beaten up and forced to drink their urine by a neighbour, who suspected them of stealing grain from his house, in Meerganj area of Bareilly.
The matter came to light when the sister of one of the boys met the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Medha Roopam, on Thursday and submitted a complaint. The incident reportedly took place on Tuesday but the local police did not register their complaint, the boys’ family have alleged.
According to her complaint and the statement that she gave to the police, one Ravinder Swaroop accused her 11-year-old brother and a 13-year-old cousin of stealing 30 kg of grain from his house.
“Ravinder first thrashed the boys and then forced them to drink their urine,” the sister said.
After hearing her complaint, the SDM spoke to Meerganj Police, following which an FIR was lodged on Friday.
Police have charged the accused under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour a person) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code.
“We have arrested the accused and will present him in the court tomorrow (on Saturday),” Bachhu Singh Yadav, station officer (SO) of Meerganj police station, said.
Family members of the boys said the SO refused to register their complaint when they approached him.
“When we reached the police station on Wednesday morning, he declined to register the FIR,” the sister said adding, “Only then I decided to meet the SDM and informed her about the incident.”
Yadav, however, refuted their charge.
“The family member who came to complain about the matter didn’t mention that the boys were forced to drink urine. They included it in the statement today, after which we lodged the FIR,” he said.