Sodomy, torture cloud on Delhi Police

India on 11 July 2013
Location : New Delhi, India | Source : Times of India. Image Source: Flickr User Satbir

NEW DELHI: Outer district police found themselves in the centre of a major controversy on Wednesday for reported illegal detention of several minors in a Delhi Development Authority flat which they are alleged to have unlawfully occupied. 

The children were not only starved and beaten up but also allegedly assaulted sexually. Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights has expressed strong displeasure even while its three-member probe committee began an inquiry. 

Six policemen, including a station house officer, were suspended on Tuesday pending further investigations for allegedly keeping seven boys in custody for three days in connection to two theft cases, police said. 

"Prima facie investigation shows the involvement of the investigating officer and other police officials. The six minors (one was later found to be major) were apprehended by them and detained in a vacant DDA Flat known by the name of Lal Quarters," a senior police officer said. Cops said the boys were detained to recover the booty. A case has been registered. 

SHO Sunil Kumar was deputed at Vijay Vihar police station in the jurisdiction of which the incident allegedly occurred. Head constable Lal Singh and constables Rahul, Rajkumar, Subhash and Akhilesh were suspended for detaining the seven minors on March 25 for allegedly stealing 14 kg of plumbing material, police said. They were let off after police could not find any evidence against them after three days of detention, a sting operation by a channel claimed. Additional deputy commissioner of police (outer district) M A Rizvi will be investigating the case on behalf of Delhi Police. 

DCPCR has taken suo motto cognizance of the case. In a statement, also sent to the commissioner of Delhi Police, it stated "the commission has taken serious note of allegations of child abuse, including physical, mental and sexual abuse, of eight children being illegally detained probably between March 26 and March 28 and blatant violation of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000 and other laws". 

The police commissioner has been asked to submit an action taken report before DCPCR on July 17. 

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