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Teen critical after cops use ‘third degree’

Sourav Das, 14, a Class VI student, was left critically injured after he was subjected to third-degree torture at the Bishalgarh police station, 25 km south of Agartala, on Wednesday.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2009 00:16 IST
Syed Sajjad Ali

Sourav Das, 14, a Class VI student, was left critically injured after he was subjected to third-degree torture at the Bishalgarh police station, 25 km south of Agartala, on Wednesday.

Local panchayat members Jyotsna Begam and Shuklal Das, who secured his release from the police station, admitted him to a local hospital, where doctors said his condition was “serious”.

The Tripura Human Rights Organisation (THRO) has taken note of the incident. “We will send a team to investigate the incident and will recommend take appropriate action if the policemen are found guilty,” a THRO spokesperson told HT.

On Tuesday, a local trader had registered a complaint with the Bishalgarh police station over the theft of his motorbike. The police could not make headway in the investigation but still arrested Das from his home in North Charilam village, close to Bishalgarh, about 30 km south of Agartala.

At the police station, officers beat him up mercilessly, ignoring his loud claims of innocence.
When contacted, Sukanta Choudhury, second officer of the Bishalgarh police station denied the allegations of torture. “We did not even slap the boy,” he said.

West Tripura Superintendent of Police K V Srijesh said, “Some people have made allegations of torture. We are looking into them.”

Meanwhile the real culprits in the bike theft case remain at large.