In a horror act by men in uniform, three children, aged between 10 and 11, were tortured and kept in chains by Warangal Gov-ernment Railway Protec-tion Force personnel at their station for four days without giving them adequate food.
The children were chained owing to a police suspicion that they had stolen a bag from a train passenger during the early hours of Tuesday at Warangal railway station. The three minors are residents of Kasibugga and Shivanagar in the city.
The children’s plight was noticed on Saturday evening, when a team from Child Welfare Committee, Warangal, visited the GRPF police station after receiving a call on the Child Helpline number.
Amir Pasha, a lorry driver and father of one of the victims said the Warangal GRPF took the children into their custody at 3 am on Tuesday. “When I visited the station seeking my son’s release from the police custody, I was told to wait until the police could nab the main accused in an alleged bag snatching case,” said Mr Pasha, who alleged that the GRPF personnel had tortured the children.
Media persons, who visited the GRPF station in the evening, found the children chained in a room inside the police station in the presence of GRPF SI Mohd Tajuddin.
Sources said that when the CWC members sought an explanation from War-angal GRPF CI S. Ravi Kumar and GRPF DSP K. Dakshinamurthy, they reportedly asked them to keep the plight of the children under wraps.
However, the CWC team rescued the children and shifted them to Children’s Home.
“The confinement of the children by GRPF is against sections 23-26 under Juvenile Justice Care and Protection Act besides an infringement of their fundamental rights,” said P. Revathi Devi, CWC member, who escorted the children to the Children’s Home.