Azamgarh: Youth given electric shock for ‘stealing’ mobile, four arrested

Shivkumar, a resident of Sherva village was tied with a table and was given electric shocks by a group of nine people to make him confess that he had stolen the mobile phone. The incident came to light after the video of it went viral.
Teams have been deployed to arrest culprit.
Teams have been deployed to arrest culprit.
Updated on Jul 19, 2017 03:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By, Varanasi

A youth suspected of stealing a mobile phone was given electric shock by a group of nine people in Sherva village under Saraimeer police station area of Azamgarh district few days back, police said. They added that the incident came to light after the video of it went viral.

As per the cops, four people have been arrested in this connection while the remaining five are still at large. Teams have been deployed to arrest them.

Police said Shivkumar, a resident of Sherva village, visited the shop of one Yousuf in Sarai Meer last Thursday. He requested Yousuf to employ him at the shop. After a brief interaction, Yousuf left for offering ‘namaz’ (prayers). When he returned he found that mobile phone was missing. He alleged that Shivkumar had stolen his mobile.

As per the police, Yousuf and eight of his kin picked up Shivkumar from his house and brought him to Saraimeer. They tied him with a table and gave him electric shocks to make him confess that he had stolen the mobile phone. They also thrashed him.

The police said Shivkumar managed to free himself from their clutches on Friday and reached a private hospital for treatment. Moreover, one of the accused shared the video on social media that went viral. Following it, police took action on their own.

In the meantime, Shivkumar also reached Saraimeer police station and filed a complaint against nine persons, including Adnan, Atiq, Rashid and Tariq, Faiz, Ayub, Yousuf, Shafiq and Rizwan, alleging that they thrashed him, gave him electric shocks after tying him with a table.

The police said a case had been registered against all of them. Station officer Ramnaresh Yadav said Adnan, Atiq, Rashid and Tariq had been arrested from Saraimeer bus stand. Rest others would be arrested soon. Yadav said instead of torturing Shivkumar, Yousuf and his kin should have informed them.

He said medical examination didn’t confirm Electric shock, claiming that Shivkumar was a history-sheeter.

“Several cases are pending against him and further investigation into the incident is in progress,” he added.

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