Rights panel finds boy illegally detained in police station

December 21, 2011

He has been held for the second time, says police officer

A 16-year-old boy was found by the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) illegally detained, handcuffed and chained to a window at the Sampigehalli police station on Tuesday.

According to a press release, the commission received information that the minor had been detained at the police station since December 17. When a team reached the police station, they found the boy seated on a blanket and handcuffed with a leading chain attached to the bars of a window.

In the release, chairperson of the commission Nina Nayak said that the boy appeared to be in pain and showed several fresh bruises on his torso, arms and legs. He said that he was given little food and was chained since Saturday evening. He claimed that he was picked up by the police on December 17 at around 9.30 p.m. near his home at Sadiq Layout, Thaneersandra, when he was going to a pharmacy to purchase medicines. The boy alleged that he was beaten by several police men at the station.

The release stated that the boy’s parents received a call that he was at the police station. When they went there, they were not allowed to meet him. The boy’s father Dastagi, a welder, reportedly produced documents showing that his son was 16.

Mr. Dastagi claimed that his son was an eighth standard school drop-out. He told the commission that the police gave him no reason for picking up his son. The policemen all alleged that the boy had stolen money and three mobile phones.

The commission contacted Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) B.R. Ravikanthe Gowda, who deputed Assistant Commissioner of Police M.N. Chandrappa to look into the matter. When questioned by Mr. Chandrappa and Ms. Nayak, Sampigehalli inspector K. Nanjunde Gowda refuted the claims made by the boy. He claimed that the boy was picked up on Tuesday. However, no complaint against the boy had been received at the station, the release said.

The commission was informed that no diary entry had been made or FIR filed. The inspector also stated that there was another case pending in the neighbouring police station and the boy was picked up for inquiry.

Both the Assistant Commissioner of Police and the inspector assured the commission that the boy would be presented before a member of the Juvenile Justice Board. The commission has directed the inspector to submit records pertaining to the apprehension of the minor by 3 p.m. on Wednesday. A complaint has been lodged at the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission by SICHREM.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ravikanthe Gowda told The Hindu that the boy has been arrested for the second time. He said that the minor was a habitual offender and that he was involved in four theft cases. After the arrest, the stolen goods were recovered from him, he added.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2733471.ece

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