Police have arrested two men who appeared in a video that showed a group of youngsters forcing a four-year-old boy to drink alcohol, officials said on Tuesday.
The action was taken on Monday after the video went viral on social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp. Police are also looking for the other men who featured in the video, including the boy’s uncle.
The incident occurred near a lake at Mel Cholankuppam village of Tiruvannamalai district, 200 km from Chennai, on June 30.
The boy, belonging to Sozhankupam village in Thrivuvannamalai district, was taken to the lake by his maternal uncle Murugan and his friend Manikandan. Three more men – Ezhumalai, Rajaram and Premkumar – joined them for a drinking session and forced the little boy to join them in drinking beer.
After the 95-second video was posted on WhatsApp by the men, police swung into action and traced Ezhumalai through the registration number of his motorcycle that figured in the video. They then picked up Ezhumalai and Premkumar.
The video shows the scared boy saying no when he is offered the beer in a plastic cup. Brushing aside the boy’s appeals, the men kept egging him on to drink and to eat peanuts kept in a plastic bag.
Finally, the boy threw the cup as the men burst out laughing. The boy is also seen coughing and drinking water from a bottle.
A police official said the other three men seen in the video, including the boy’s uncle, will be arrested soon. The five will be charged for abduction and abuse of the child, the official said.