3 teenage boys stripped, beaten over theft charge, 4 held

3 teenage boys stripped, beaten over theft charge; four held

Bengaluru, Jul 2 (PTI) Three teenage school boys were stripped naked and mercilessly beaten up by a group of men for allegedly stealing money from a shop near Hoskote in Bengaluru rural district, a video of which went viral today.

Police said four persons were arrested today in connection with the Thursdays incident.

The video shows a group of men repeatedly beating three boys with a stick and chasing them all across a deserted area even as they cry out in pain.

“They beat them, accused them of stealing from the shop; there are bruises all over their body…After getting to know about the incident we took him to Hospital for treatment and then gave a complaint,” father of one of the victims said. “The boys were picked up after school by the group and taken to a nearby deserted area to be tortured. They are 8th standard students and were on fast (Ramzan),”a relative of one of the victims said. Parents alleged that the boys were even given shock treatment by the men, one of whom was the shopkeepers son. Police said they are on the lookout for some other men, includng the shopkeepers son.

Families of the boys had earlier charged the police with inaction over the case. Karnataka State Child Rights Commission is also seized of the matter. PTI KSU RA ROH APR SMJ

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