PATNA: Thirteen policemen, including SHOs of two police stations, were on Monday suspended in connection with the arrest and imprisonment of a 14-year-old boy allegedly on trumped up charges, after he refused to give vegetables to policemen for free, a top police official said. On July 21, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had ordered a high-level inquiry into media reports that the boy was arrested here and sent to jail three months ago.
Inspector General of Police, Patna Zone, Naiyar Hasnain Khan told PTI that suspension of the 13 policemen was made on account of inconsistencies in lodging of the FIR and “wrongfully” sending the boy, who is less than 18 years of age, to jail.
He, however, said the charge of policemen demanding free vegetables could not be proved “as there was no independent witnesses”.
The boy was picked up from his house in March by a posse of police personnel who allegedly refused to tell his family members as to why he was being taken away, the reports claimed. His parents were informed two days later that he had been sent to jail in a motorcycle loot case, they claimed.
The parents alleged that when they met the boy in jail, he said he was booked in the case along with two others whom he did not know and that some policemen had been angry with him ever since he declined to give them vegetables for free.
“The allegation of policemen demanding free vegetables could not be proved as there were no independent witnesses. Nevertheless, investigations have established that the boy was less than 18 years of age and he was wrongfully sent to jail,” the IG said.