Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jaleswar, Jun 15:
This youth from Baleswar district of Odisha would never forget the horror in the hands of his hosts for the rest of his life.
Shyama Mahalik had visited house of one of his relatives—Surendra Barik– on Saturday for a puja, on invitation. He had visited the latter’s place on several occasions earlier too. Unfortunately for him, the trouble unfolded on the very night when a mobile phone went missing and members suspected Shyama of stealing it.
The Bariks from Shantia village under Jaleswar Municipality grilled Shyama in a closed room and presurrised him to admit the crime.
The allegations were persistently refuted by Shyama but the accusers were in no mood to take him on his words. Surendra and his three sons—Kalicharan, Hare Krushna and Jhadeswar—allegedly beat him up mercilessly till the echoes of the horror transcended the four walls of the closed room.
The villagers suspected something fishy as echoes of crying and torture were emanating from Surendra’s house and dialled the local police to intervene into the matter.
Police rescued the youth from a locked room after getting information from locals.
The youth was found lying on the floor with his hand and legs tied and several burn injuries on the body.
“The father-son quadruplet thrashed me inside a closed room with my arms and legs tied. They also branded me with beedi and a hot sickle. Besides, they pricked syringe needles into my body,” Shyama told police on Sunday in his statement.
A complaint has been filed with Jaleswar police station for beating a youth in confinement for allegedly stealing a mobile phone.
Surendra’s son Jhadeswar was called to police station for interrogation after which he was arrested. Three others are out of the clutches of police.
Injured Shyama was rushed to GK Bhattar community health centre (CHC) in a critical condition. Later, he was shifted to Baleswar district headquarters hospital as his condition deteriorated.
Shyama hails from Ghodapada village under Scindhia area in Baleswar district.