A scrap dealer was arrested today on charges of torturing and inflicting injury on two minor children here,police said.
“The scrap dealer identified as Laxmidhar Sahu was arrested from Itamati in Nayagarh district”,deputy commissioner of police,Bhubaneswar,Himanshu Lal said.
The two minor children – Babuni Sethi (seven) and Sagar Diggal (nine) – were rescued from a scrap shop in Salia Sahi area in the city two days ago in a badly injured state.
Babuni said the scrap vendor had allegedly beaten them for stealing beer bottles from his shop. “When we denied having taken the bottles,he hung us from the roof and scalded us with cigarette butt. We shouted a lot but none came to our rescue”,he said.
Police quoted the locals as saying that the children were found hanging from the roof with several burn injuries on their body.
State Labour department sources said “we are inquiring whether the boys were engaged as child labourers.”