Four minors from an East Champaran village was allegedly beaten up, paraded bare-chested with their heads partly tonsured and tied to trees for talking to girls of another village. The incident took place under Pipra police stations where cases were lodged from both sides on Saturday.
The incident took place when minors, aged between 14 and 16 years, had reached Bakhari village from adjoining Hardiabagh village and were “seen talking some girls of Bakhari in a village orchard”. Some village elders caught hold of the boys and allegedly beat them up before partly tonsuring their heads and later parading them bare-chested in the village.
While the four boys kept pleading that they had visited Gramin bank at the village, Bakhari villagers were not convinced enough. The boys were allegedly tied to trees and were made to spend night in that position till Pipra police got to know about the incident on Saturday morning after family members of four boys complained about the boys not having returned homes on Friday night.
Pipra police station in-charge Shashibhushan Kumar said: “We rescued the boys and brought to the police station. There is prima facie evidence of torture. We found the boys’ heads were partially tonsured and marks of their having been tied to trees. But there are cases from both sides. We will talk to both sides to know the full story”. No arrest has been made so far.
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