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Inquiry ordered after teen alleges UP police held him for a week for questioning, beat him

A 14-year-old boy alleged police kept him in jail while investigating the theft of a mini truck. He was allegedly released after a photo of him in handcuffs surfaced on social media.

lucknow Updated: Jun 14, 2018 15:18 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Varanasi
Uttar Pradesh,Varanasi,Mini truck theft
Police allegedly took the boy into custody when they found him in a stolen mini truck. (iStockphoto/Representative image)

The Uttar Pradesh police have started a probe into the allegations of a 14-year-old boy that he was kept in the lock up at Mirzamurad police station in Varanasi for seven days on the pretext of interrogation in connection with the theft of a mini truck from Kanpur on June 5.

“A probe has been ordered into the matter and explanation has been sought from station officer. After receiving the probe report, action would be taken according to rules,” senior superintendent of police RK Bhardwaj said.

The SSP has ordered superintendent of police (rural area) Amit Kumar to carry out the probe into the alleged police highhandedness and submit the report in three days.

The boy also alleged policemen beat him up in the lock-up. The police allegedly dropped him at his house in a village about 20 km from Varanasi after a picture of him in handcuffs surfaced on the social media on Tuesday night and was widely shared.

The teenager returned to Varanasi on Wednesday with his father, a daily wage earner, to meet senior police officials at the Additional DGP’s office to lodge a complaint. The media had already assembled when the father and son arrived.

The boy said he was employed as a cleaner of the mini truck in Kanpur.

“I was inside the vehicle when it was stolen on the evening of June 5. I tried to raise an alarm but had to keep quiet due to the vehicle lifters’ threats,” he said, recalling his nightmare.

He said there were three to four thieves who drove the mini-truck to Varanasi where police intercepted it. While the thieves fled, the police caught and handcuffed him. They brought him to Mirzamurad police station and put him in the lock-up, he alleged.

His father said he came to know of his son’s arrest two days later. He said that when he visited the police station, policemen refused to release his son although a person cannot be detained in a police station for more than 24 hours without being produced in a court.

First Published: Jun 14, 2018 15:18 IST