Gurdwara head, aides assault minor boy in Raikot for ‘stealing mobile phone’, booked

A gurdwara head along with his six aides allegedly held a 17-year-old boy captive and assaulted him for hours at Gurdwara Nanaksar Thath in Kamalpur village of Raikot. The accused suspected that the boy had stolen a mobile phone, said police. One of the accused also recorded the incident in his phone, said police.

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The accused also allegedly threatened the boy of dire consequences if he sought any medical treatment. Ludhiana rural police registered an FIR on Saturday after the video went viral.

A case has been registered against gurdwara head Surinder Singh, his aides Babbal Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Harman Singh, Shamsher Singh, Gurjit Singh and Daljit Singh. The police rushed the victim Harjit Singh to civil hospital, Jagraon. Sub-Inspector Surjit Singh, SHO, Hathur police station, said that the victim hailed from UP and was staying in the gurdwara for a long time. “The incident took place on September 18. The victim told police that he along with the accused had gone to the house of a Dehlon resident, Daljit Singh, to attend a religious programme. After returning to the gurdwara, the accused started thrashing him with sticks and rods while accusing him of stealing a mobile phone from the house of Daljit Singh,” said the SHO. “After thrashing him for nearly four hours, the accused took him to Mehal Kalan and fled after dropping him at the house of his brother,” he added.

An FIR under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement), 355 (assault or criminal force), 506 (criminal intimidation), 148 (rioting) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of IPC has been lodged against the accused at Hathur police station.

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