After spending over two months in jail, minor sent to Surat observation home

The Surat police Wednesday produced a 17-year-old boy, who had been lodged in the Central Jail for last two and a half months on charges of stealing a vehicle, before the Juvenile Justice Board.

This comes a couple of days after the Surat district court ordered police to take custody of "minor boy" and produce him before the Juvenile Justice Board.

As per details, the boy, a resident of Mota Varachha area, was arrested by Crime Branch officials for his alleged involvement in a vehicle theft case. The Crime Branch then handed him to Kapodara police as the complaint of vehicle theft was registered there.

The police took possession of the boy on November 2, 2012. During interrogations, he reportedly confessed to have stolen a motor bike from nearby his house, police said. The police, while preparing his documents, had allegedly mentioned that the boy was 19-year-old, sources said. He was later sent to Surat Central Jail in judicial custody.

Later, his mother contacted lawyer Preeti Joshi to help her to bring him out of the jail. His mother, with the help of her lawyer, filed an application before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate on January 29 and submitted necessary documents including the boy's birth certificate.

The court Monday had passed an order instructing Kapodara police to take custody of the boy and produce him before Juvenile court.

The police Wednesday took custody of the minor from the jail and produced him before Juvenile Justice Board in the evening. Later, the boy was shifted to child observation home at Ghoddod road, a police officer said.

Kapodara Police Inspector M V Kikani said, "We took custody of the minor from the Crime Branch officials who had shown him 19-year-old and we booked him under vehicle theft. We came to know that he is minor after court's verdict. The boy is at present at a child observation centre."

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