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13-year-old boy ‘tortured’ in police station, probe ordered

After his mother on Friday detailed how she was “asked by the cops for bribe” and that she had even paid a part of it, an inquiry was ordered by the senior superintendent of police.  

punjab Updated: Dec 09, 2017 12:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bathinda
Punjab crimes,Bathinda crime,Torture
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A 13-year-old boy was allegedly tortured by cops in illegal detention at the Kotwali police station here to force him to accept involvement in theft cases.

After his mother on Friday detailed how she was “asked by the cops for bribe” and that she had even paid a part of it, an inquiry was ordered by the senior superintendent of police.

Amandeep Kaur, mother of victim Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Fauji Chowk area, on Friday told reporters that her son was tortured by five policemen last Sunday and Monday.

“My son had gone to play with his friends in the Cloth Market on Sunday (December 3). He saw a kite and went upstairs on a building which has a shop on the ground floor to pick up the kite. He was apprehended by the owner of the shop who gathered some people who beat my son up, alleging that he had come to commit theft there,” she said.

Undergoing treatment at the local civil hospital, Lakhwinder said, “I was handed over to the police and taken to the Kotwali police station. There, station house officer (SHO) Devinder Singh, two assistant sub-inspectors Kulwinder Singh and Rajbir Singh, and two other cops beat me up mercilessly. They put petrol into my private parts, asking me again and again to ‘accept’ that I am involved in six theft cases,” he alleged.

The cops denied the allegations.

But the mother further alleged that Lakhwinder was kept in the lock-up and cops didn’t let her meet him until Monday evening. “They asked for Rs 15,000 to release my son, and the deal was settled at Rs 12,000. I paid Rs 5,000 on Monday evening to get my son to walk free. They asked me to either bring my son next morning or pay the remaining Rs 7,000.” She alleged that she “approached” the vigilance bureau “but to no avail” and the cops there asked her to approach the local police.

“I went to SP (investigation) Swaran Singh Khanna, too, but police didn’t act,” she alleged.Khanna has now been tasked with probing the matter, said SSP Navin Singla.

First Published: Dec 09, 2017 09:32 IST