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Electric shocks, slaps: Shopkeeper allegedly tortures 2 children on suspicion of stealing Rs 100

The children’s parents filed a complaint against the shopkeeper after the children were taken to a hospital in Jalpaiguri district.

kolkata Updated: Dec 19, 2017 23:47 IST
Pramod Giri
Pramod Giri
Hindustan Times, Siliguri
The parents alleged that the man first slapped their children after he discovered the money missing.
The parents alleged that the man first slapped their children after he discovered the money missing. (Reuters)

A shopkeeper allegedly tortured two minor boys with electric shocks in the West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on Monday over suspicion that they stole Rs 100.

Salib Oraon, a pan shop owner at Odlabari Tea Estate near Malbazar, found Rs 100 missing from his shop and his suspicion fell on eight-year-old Kapil Oraon and Avinash Oraon, 12. The tea estate is about 600km north of Kolkata.

Their fathers alleged that Salib called their sons to the shop on Monday morning. “He first slapped them and later administered electric shocks to them,” Kapil’s father Pradhan Oraon said.

Locals also alleged that the minors were tied up and beaten up before they were given shocks.

Kapil Oraon studies in Class and Avinash in Class 5 of the tea estate school, were admitted to Malbazar Hospital. The accused is on the run.

“The parents of the children have lodged an FIR against Salib and we are investigating the matter,” officer-in-charge of Malbazar Police Station Sanatan Singh said.

Salib’s mother, however, claimed that her son only slapped the boys a few times.

The boys were released from the hospital on Monday evening and their parents claimed both of them were in a state of shock.

Kapil’s father is the helper of a truck and his mother is a tea garden worker. Avinash’s father works in the tea garden and his mother is a homemaker.

First Published: Dec 19, 2017 18:54 IST

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