Vittal, September 4:A 11-year-old schoolboy was allegedly stripped and tortured by three cops of the Vittal Police Station in the district based on a suspicion that the boy might have stolen the mobile phone from an entrepreneur, on Wednesday.
Sharath Nayak, a student in Salethur village in Vittal gram panchayat, is the victim who was allegedly made to sit for nearly five hours without clothes inside the lock-up room. Moreover, it was also alleged that the police forcibly discharged the boy from the Government Hospital in Bantwal.
Sharath Nayak told Deccan Herald that three cops came to him when he along with his brothers were playing volleyball on Wednesday.
“They (policemen) asked me and my brothers Sandeep Nayak (15), Avinash Nayak (14) and Pradeep Nayak (16) to get into the police jeep. After reaching the police station, they separated me from my brothers. Later, they removed my clothes forcefully and assaulted me using lati,” he alleged.
He said that the policemen kept him inside the lock-up room and interrogated at every 20 minutes gap. “They were asking me about a mobile phone, but I have no idea about it,” he added.
‘Boys is unable to walk’
The boys’ father Gopal Nayak, a farm labourer, said that the police, who took children into custody at around 11 am released them at about 4.30 pm.
“They took away Rs 60 from my pocket saying that the children were fed dosas in the station,” he alleged.
Gopal Nayak said that the boy is unable to walk properly as he was beaten up in the station.
Moreover, he said all the four boys are scared after the incident took place. They are reluctant to go to school too after the incident, he added.
When contacted, Superintendent of Police Dr A S Rao said that he has received a complaint through fax about the boy being tortured.
“I spoke to the doctors who attended the boy. They told me that there were no injuries on his body. Officers in the Vittal police station too have denied charges. However, I have asked the Puttur Division Assistant Superintendent of Police to conduct inquiry into the allegations and submit a report. If allegations were proved, action will be taken against the erring officers,” he added.