Two teenagers who were visiting their friend’s house in Goregaon were stripped and beaten up by a group of men for allegedly stealing logos of cars parked in the society.
The youngsters’ parents filed a police complaint for assault, and the incident came to light earlier this week after members of Garden Estate society in Bangur Nagar, Goregaon-west, filed a counter-complaint alleging theft.
The society has also named their friend, who is a resident of the building, as their accomplice in the complaint.
Parents of one of the victims, Amit (name changed), said their son was beaten up so brutally that he fractured his left hand and is still traumatised. The boy, a resident of Oshiwara, is a Class 10 student of a school in Juhu.
The incident took place on June 25 when the victims had gone to their friend’s home to watch a FIFA World Cup match.
As the 14-year-olds were watching the game, the cable connection went kaput, after which the boys decided to go to their respective homes in Oshiwara and continue watching the match, the parents said. “But as they left the society and hailed an auto, the society’s head watchman, Balkrishna Singh stopped them. He handed them a plastic bag and then started shouting to the society residents that he had caught the car logo thieves,” a parent alleged.
“Singh and the other residents of the society then dragged my friend and me back into the society and stripped us. They then started beating us with rods and sticks and whatever came in their hands. They took us to the pump room and beat us there,” Amit said. “The society members also threatened to throw us into the building borewell.”
Singh then allegedly asked the boys to pay up Rs 20,000 if they wanted to leave.
The racket drew the attention of their friend’s family, who rushed down to see their guests being beaten up. “My friend’s parents rescued us and took us to Bangur Nagar police station to file a complaint of assault,” Amit said.
When contacted, Maruti Telang, senior police inspector of Bangu Nagar police station, confirmed that “after the boys complained, we arrested Singh and three society members for assaulting the boys”. He added: “They were later let out on bail.”
“The society members have now approached us with a theft complaint against the boys,” Telang said. Society members as well as the secretary refused to comment on the issue.