Srinagar: Two murder and militancy-accused teenagers who had fled from Srinagar’s Juvenile Home surrendered before a court in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district the last month.
In May, three juveniles, including a non-local, had fashioned a rope out of quilt covers to escape through a window on the second storey of the facility after a tiff with fresh inmates.
A senior government official said the duo, hailing from Tral, was handed over to their family before the court during the holy month of Ramzan.
Kashmir Reader learnt that one of them has been lodged in the Juvenile Home facility at Harwan while the other, not a juvenile, has been shifted to the Srinagar Central Jail.
While speaking to this reporter before they had escaped, one of the two accused had refuted the charges of his involvement in militancy.
He has said that he was being cornered because of his relation with Burhan Wani, Hizbul Mujahideen’s divisional commander. He wanted to be set free to be able to resume his studies.
The third juvenile, who was from Bihar, has not been traced yet.
Juveniles are protected under law
The Juvenile Justice Act 2013 prohibits naming the juveniles in news reports. The law prescribes that in case of a juvenile’s escape, a report of circumstances leading to such escape should be sent to the concerned police station or Special Juvenile Police Unit along with the details and description of the juvenile, including identification marks and a photograph with a copy to the Board, District Child Protection Unit and other authorities concerned.
Also, the guards or concerned staff has to be dispatched in search of the juvenile at places such as railway stations, bus stands and other places where the juvenile is likely to go.
Parents or guardians of the juveniles have to be informed about such escape and a detailed report has to be submitted to the Board and the authorities concerned within 15 days of escape explaining the reasons for such escape and action taken thereof.