Bharalu police deny killing Raja
A 13-year-old boy, Raja Ali, died in Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) on the early morning of 10th February after he was brought for treatment from Boko observation home. The boy was a resident of Shantipur near Bhootnath and Bharalu Police had arrested him on 6th February with two other children as a complaint was lodged against them by a shopkeeper near the police station for theft of several items from the shop. The family members of the boy doubt that he died because police had thrashed him in the police station.
The Bharalu police, talking to G Plus, said that they did not beat the child as they never beat a juvenile and according to the law the boy was sent to Boko observation home after which they don’t have any idea what had happened to the 13-year-old. G Plus talked to the observation home authorities who said that on the night of 7th February they took custody of the child who seemed normal then. The next day also the boy was behaving normally and was eating on time. The next day he was sent to a doctor for regular check up as he was complaining of some kind of pain in his abdomen.
The observation authorities said that the Boko doctor referred the child to GMCH for some checkups and accordingly he was brought on the afternoon of 9th February. On the way, his family members in Shantipur were informed and they also reached the hospital. The GMCH authorities conducted some tests when suddenly his health deteriorated and early morning of 10th February, at around 3 am, he passed away.
The police was accordingly informed and the body was sent for postmortem. The observation home superintendent said that Raja was released from the observation home on 24th January after he was sent for another crime and even in those days he used to complain about some pain; apparently he had health issues related to his kidneys.
Bharalu police is confident that they did not beat the child that led to his death.
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