Ghaziabad minors tortured: We pleaded with folded hands, but they didn’t listen
TRAUMATISED: Petrol was injected into the private parts of the boy, along with two others, for allegedly stealing a cell phone belonging to a politician’s kin.noida Updated: Oct 21, 2016 11:08 IST
“All of us were sobbing and pleading with folded hands, saying we did not know anything about the missing mobile. But they caught hold of us three and called out to one person to draw out the petrol from his bike. Then they brought syringes and filled them with petrol before drawing them into our private parts... we almost fainted with pain,” said the 16-year-old boy, one of the victims of the brutal incident of torture on October 12 at Loni in Ghaziabad. Both the minors are undergoing treatment at New Delhi’s GTB hospital.
The boy, along with another 17-year-old and a 24-year-old, were allegedly picked up by Rizwan Qureshi, Nadeem and Akil, on suspicion of stealing Rizwan’s mobile. Rizwan is the younger brother of former Samajwadi Party city president Ehsan Qureshi.
Rizwan and his aides allegedly injected petrol into the private parts of the boys, with syringes used to inject medicines in cattle.
“One by one, they penetrated the syringes into our private parts. We shouted for help but no one showed mercy... they injected petrol repeatedly 3-5 times on each one of us... one of the syringes broke off, but they brought another one... this went on for nearly 30 minutes before an elder from their family arrived and rescued us,” the boy said.
Surgery was supposed to be performed on the boys on Tuesday, but had to be deferred since they both sustained infections following the torture.
The 16-year-old was finally operated upon at GTB Hospital on Wednesday, and now has an alternate opening for passing stools, on the left side of his abdomen.
The second minor who was tortured, will soon undergo the same surgery. Doctors said the alternate opening will be in place for six weeks, before a review is done.
The 16-year-old is one of seven siblings, including three married sisters. His brother Tayyab is one of the two bread earners of his family. His 47-year-old mother earns nearly Rs 3,000 per month in a packing material factory in Loni.
“I earn Rs 6,000 per month driving a tractor in the fields. The job is on a daily basis. Now, my owner has a new driver, since I am away, attending to my brother at the hospital. The tractor owner paid me Rs 5,000 for help with the treatment. My mother is a daily wage earner and she fainted when she came here to see her son. She had to be admitted to a hospital after her pressure dropped,” Tayyab said.
His mother had to start working, as his father suffered a fracture and has a problem with his ankle joints, for the last one-and-a-half years.
The second minor, a 17-year-old, has a similar story to tell. His brother is an auto driver who earns a meagre wage per day.
“I earn Rs 300-500 per day ,depending on the passengers I get in my auto. Rizwan is from a ‘big’ family and influential. If we spend one rupee, they can spend one lakh on court cases. This is a difference. But i will contest the case... If i had any intention of compromise i would not have lodged a police complaint. Let us see what future holds for us,” said Akram, the brother of the 17-year-old.
Akram’s younger brother Seemu was also picked up by Rizwan and his men, but he was only beaten up and not subjected to the petrol injection the others received.
The other 24-year-old did not suffer major internal damage to his body during the incident. He was treated at a hospital in Loni.
Rizwan and Akil were arrested by Ghaziabad police, while the third accused - Nadeem - surrendered before a Ghaziabad court on October 18.