Two minors, who were injected with petrol in their anus by a Ghaziabad politician’s brother over suspicions that they stole a mobile phone, will need surgery doctors said on Wednesday.
Rizwan Qureshi, the brother of Samajwadi Party politician Haji Ehsan Qureshi, tortured the minors , who are 16 and 17 years old, and a 24-year-old man at Loni on October 12.
Rizwan and his aides allegedly injected petrol in their anal region with syringes used to inject medicines to cattle when they did not admit to the theft.
Both minors, admitted to Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital in Delhi, were taken for the surgery on Tuesday. However, the operation had to be deferred as both of them have an infection.
“Surgery is a must for both patients. It is only during the surgery that the doctors can decide whether the collapsed anal opening can be repaired, if the damage is not extensive, or an alternate opening is required to be created. The infection has to subside before surgery,” Dr Bharat B Sagar, chief CMO of the hospital, said.
Akram, the elder brother of one of the victims and an auto driver, said his entire family have been under stress after the assault on his brother - the youngest among four.
“We all earn our living by engaging in daily labour. Since the incident, we have been running to get them treated and not able to go out for work,” Akram, the elder brother of one of the victims and an auto driver, said.
Ghaziabad Police arrested Rizwan and Akil on October 17.
“The third accused, Nadeem, surrendered in court on October 18. All the three accused, including Rizwan, are behind bars. We are also in touch with hospital authorities and getting regular updates on the health condition of the minors,” Loni circle officer Anil Kumar Yadav said.
Police have registered cases under stringent sections of illegal confinement, causing grievous hurt by dangerous means and unnatural offences against the accused persons. They have also been booked under provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Rizwan’s brother, Ehsan Qureshi, admitted that his brother beat up the three but rejected the allegations and described it as a political conspiracy by his rivals.