Juvenile ‘beaten’ to death in Bareilly observation home

A 17-year-old boy facing charges of rape and abduction was allegedly beaten to death by six inmates of the Juvenile Observation Home in Bareilly on Wednesday. He was brought to the place on Tuesday.

Initial probe has found that the boy was beaten when he resisted ragging attempts by inmates, including two majors, said Bareilly SSP Akash Kulhary. The police have registered a case of murder against the accused.

The SSP said the boy's body had serious injury marks. Since the autopsy could not ascertain the death cause, the viscera has been preserved for forensic analysis.

However, the superintendent of the observation home, Chhavinath Rai, has claimed that the boy had injury marks on his back and chest when he was brought there. "The details of the injuries were entered in the register that bears signatures of the police constables who brought the boy," he said.

District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash said he has ordered an inquiry into the death. It would be conducted by additional city magistrate-I Vandita Srivastava.

Meanwhile, the victim's father, Bhoopram, has alleged that his son was initially beaten up by the family members of the girl who alleged rape and later by policemen before he was taken to the observation home.

Home superintendent Rai said that he was away when the cops from Nawabganj police station brought two 17-year-old boys at 5.30 pm on Tuesday. Both of them belong to Nawabganj area and were accused of abduction and rape in two separate cases.

The staff at the gates spotted injury marks on the back and chest of one of the boys and bruises on back, face and arms of the other during the routine checking before taking them in, he said.

Around 8.45 am on Wednesday, one of the boys suddenly fell unconscious and was rushed to the district hospital where he was declared brought dead, Rai said.

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