Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Jan 14:
Taking suo motu cognisance of the Hirakud custodial torture case, Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today directed the DIG and SP of the district to file a report to it within seven days.
On the other hand, the Burla Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) today submitted its probe report to the SP on the alleged Hirakud custodial torture of a 15-year-old boy.
Hirakud police station officials have been accused of brutally assaulting a teenager and demanding Rs 6,000 as bribe from his mother to release him.
The incident which happened in September 19 last year sparked uproar in the state after being aired by a private television channel yesterday.
A 15-year-old boy was summoned to the police station for his alleged involvement in a theft case. After questioning, he was allegedly meted out torture in the police custody.
The inhuman torture continued for two days, in clear violation of the Supreme Court’s guidelines that bars police from keeping a minor in police custody. The boy was only released by the police personnel after his mother paid a bribe of Rs 6,000, reports said.
During Vishwakarma Puja idol immersion procession, the police had arrested the minor on charges of stealing a mobile in September last year.
The accused police officer has denied the allegations, “During Vishwakama Puja people drink and create nuisance. We round up several anti-social elements during such events. Vishwakarma procession is huge in Hirakud, but I cannot remember beating him. I cannot recall. I can only explain it when I see it (footage),” she told media.
Sambalpur SP Akhileshwar Singh on Wednesday had ordered Burla SPDO to probe into the human rights violation and the allegation of the custodial torture of the minor boy in Hirakud police station.
Meanwhile, a three-member team from Childline met the family members of the victim and held discussions with them.