SUNIT DHAWAN , TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Gurgaon, April 19
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Mahehwar Dayal has been categorically told to ensure that the family members of Sahil (name changed), a 13-year-old boy of Krishna Colony in Gurgaon, were not threatened by his subordinates. Certain police officials had allegedly thrashed Sahil, injected petrol into his rectum and put chilli-powder in his eyes after he was arrested on a charge of theft.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had sent a team led by Commission member VK Tikoo to Gurgaon for a spot inquiry into the matter after the case came to light. The matter was reported in these columns.
Talking to The Tribune today, Tikoo disclosed that the Gurgaon DCP appeared before a Bench of the Commission and admitted that certain police officials had committed excesses on the child and violated relevant rules and norms. Head constable Jitender Kumar has been placed under suspension, while a constable has been sent to the police lines in connection with the case.
“However, it has come to our notice that certain police officials of Sector 5 police station are still intimidating the family members of the minor police-torture victim to withdraw the complaint,” Tikoo asserted and added that the intimidation did not stop despite a letter sent to the Gurgaon Police Commissioner in this regard on April 8.
In a Semi-official letter written to DCP Maheshwar Dayal today itself, Tikoo maintains: “As already conveyed to you by the commission during the hearing, a very serious note has been taken of this alleged attempt on the part of some of the Gurgaon police officials to influence the inquiry process initiated as per law…you are hereby requested to ensure that no police officials within the jurisdiction of your command area make an attempt (directly or indirectly) to entice/ intimidate/ threaten (the victim’s family) or try to influence/vitiate the inquiry of this commission as a civil court (under Section 14 of the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005). You are also requested to ensure the safety and security of the child and all his family members .
Copies of the letter had also been sent to the Haryana Chief Secretary, DGP, Principal Secretary and Director, Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Haryana, besides the SHO of Sector 5 police station in Gurgaon.
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