Jameel Ahmed Khan, 60, is a distraught man. While eight days ago, he had heaved a sigh of relief after his son, Amir Ahmed, 17, got bail, on Thursday, Khan was waiting for his son’s body outside the mortuary of Nair hospital.
Ahmed, who was arrested in a case of theft, was allegedly beaten up by fellow inmates at the David Sassoon Children Home at Matunga on May 17. He succumbed to his injuries on Thursday.
Khan has too many questions, but doesn’t know who will answer them. “What were the authorities doing when my son was being beaten up? Where was the guard who was supposed to be on-duty,” asked Khan. “My son was beaten up with bats, bamboo sticks and iron rods. His wounds were severe, but he was not given medical help,” said Khan.
According to the police, Amir did not tell the observation home authorities about the assault. “My son was writhing in pain when we brought him home, after he was released on bail on May 20. Amir told us that fellow inmates assaulted him after he failed to arrange for drugs for them. Looking at his condition, we took him to Rajawadi hospital the next day, where he was given an injection and medicines,” said Khan.
In a video shot at the hospital by his friend, Amir claimed he was beaten up from 3am to 9am and was forced to work later. “There is a gang of 15-20 inmates. They demand marijuana and cash from inmates and the one who doesn’t provide it, is beaten up. A policeman gave me balm and told me not to tell anyone about the incident,” Amir had said in the video, a copy of which is with HT.
Amir was brought home on May 21, but was soon taken to the hospital again, as the pain did not subside. The Rajawadi hospital informed the Shivaji Park police, who then registered a case against inmates under Indian Penal Code (IPC) 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means). The Shivaji Park police had earlier registered a case of assault, which has now been changed to murder.