Brave Cops :
Kids aged 9 and 5 beaten up brutally for stealing in Chandigarh
Ludhiana: Sachin is nine and his sister Bindia just five. But their tender age didn’t stop Punjab police from thrashing them mercilessly after they were caught allegedly stealing the purse of Canadian member of parliament Ruby Dhalla on a visit to Pohid village near here.
The kids begged and pleaded for mercy but the cops didn’t relent; they kept raining blows on them. The two were later bundled and taken into custody. The police action wasn’t just inhuman but a brazen violation of the law meant to deal with underage offenders. For, under Juvenile Justice Act, the kids should have been produced before a magistrate who, depending on the evidence against them, could have referred them to a juvenile home.
SSP Ludhiana (rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhuller said: ‘‘The kids are in police custody and would be produced before a magistrate.’’ He further added that DSP Parmjit Singh Goraya has been told to investigate the incident.
IG, Jalandhar zone, Sanjeev Kalra said, ‘‘I will ensure a fair investigation and ensure the guilty are brought to book. The police needs to be sensitized about the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act.’’
Meanwhile, Punjab State Human Rights Commission took cognizance of the assault on the two kids on Tuesday and sought a detailed report from the Ludhiana SSP (rural). The report has to be submitted by February 13. The commission said the conduct of cops was ‘‘reprehensible’’.