Probe ordered into RPF custodial torture of Boys

Bhubaneswar (BBS):  The Inspector General and Chief Security Commissioner of Railway Protection Force (RPF) of East Coast Railway on Wednesday ordered a high-level probe into the brutalities committed by RPF personnel on two minor boys, who were mercilessly beaten up while they were detained in the lockup for eight days.

A three-member fact-finding team headed by Assistant Commandant PK Mansingh and members Alok Kumar Jena and RK Narendra has been constituted for the purpose. The team immediately started collection of facts and discussions with relevant witnesses in this case.

A deadline of January 14 has been fixed for submission of the final enquiry report by the Senior Commandant of Khurda Road Division RPF to the Chief Security Commissioner.

The two boys, Bikash (14) of Jobra and Loknath (12) of Railway Colony, rescued by District Child Protection Officer Pragati Mohanty with the help of others on Tuesday after the matter was brought to the notice of the collector by some media persons, had been taken into custody by the RPF personnel on the night of December 31 for allegedly stealing wheat from the railway goods-shed of the Cuttack railway station.

Curiously, no FIR had been lodged in this regard nor was even a verbal complaint made by anybody. Instead of being produced in a court which, in their case, should have been the designated Juvenile Justice Board the very next day. And they were kept in the lockup for over a week.

 Narrating their ordeal, the two minors informed the media that they were fed just once a day and beaten up with clubs by three policemen at a time twice a day. “While two policemen tied up our hands and feet, the third one rained lathis on us,” they told reporters.

The RPF personnel also did not spare the mediapersons who came to the rescue of the two minor boys.They abused and manhandled the media contingent and even damaged the camera of a TV crew.