Srinagar: A court in Srinagar on Tuesday granted bail to a 12-year-old boy arrested on charges of torching a Railway Police Force (RPF) vehicle on April 16, 2017. The court observed that the investigating agency had failed to conduct any identification check to ascertain if the juvenile was indeed involved in the act.
The boy, a student of Class 6 at Learning Point Educational Institute, Batamaloo, was on his way to his grandparents’ home when police picked him up at Rainawari on May 17.
The court remarked that the juvenile had been arrested merely on suspicion and the investigating agency had not come to any conclusion with respect to the identity of the juvenile. The court of the chief judicial magistrate, while passing the bail orders, said that the identity of the juvenile was doubtful as the investigating agency had not carried out any identification parade.
Considering the juvenile’s age and the psychological impact of a long period of detention, the court granted the bail against a surety of twenty-thousand rupees.
The family of the boy said that he had not committed any offence. “We don’t understand why the police arrested him and lodged an FIR against him. The way the police are behaving with kids is killing their innocence,” said a family member.
An FIR (26/2017) lodged at police station Rainawari under Section 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage) named the boy as offender. He was brought for judicial remand on May 17 and was sent to five days’ detention at a juvenile home in Harwan.