Bengaluru: Gang ties 3 children to tree, forces them to smoke beedi | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Three primary school students were allegedly tied to a tree and forced to smoke beedis by a six-member gang in Mahadevpura, east Bengaluru, on Saturday afternoon. The videos of the helpless kids—aged 11-13 years—pleading with the group to let them go have gone viral.
The torture of the class 5 students happened in a BBMP school campus in B Narayanapura in Devasandra ward near KR Puram. The incident has sparked outrage with many slamming police for failing to increase surveillance in the area and crack down on mischief mongers.

The jurisdictional police, on being alerted by a former corporator about the incident, arrested the six members. The arrested are Vivek, 19, and Mahesh, 18. The remaining four are 17 years old and two of them students.
Preliminary probe revealed the accused used to summon kids who had come to the school ground, threaten them of dire consequences and rag them. “They would order them to squat on the floor and thrash them with sticks. One of the accused called himself Gabbar Singh (the villain in superhit movie Sholay) and go around threatening the younger children. They had made the school premises their den for their illegal activities,” sources said. The incident came to light on Saturday when one of the kids started behaving differently on reaching home. “My son came back home in the evening and started to cry loudly and was shivering. His body temperature was high and his legs were bleeding,” said a parent. “After consoling him, we asked him what happened and he explained the incident to us. We are frightened by it,” the father of the kid said.
In the meantime, some residents had discreetly videorecorded the miscreants and sent the clips to former corporator S Srikanth of Devasandra ward. “Those were horrifying images. It was completely inhuman and gross violation of children’s rights,” Srikanth said.
“When these children refused to buy beedis from a store, the gang made them sit on the floor barefoot. They were beaten up with a stick on their feet and neck. Many children have burn marks on their neck, hand, wrist and palm,” he added.
The suspects have been booked under various sections of the Juvenile Justice Act and IPC. Vivek is in judicial custody.

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