They beat five boys after a mobile phone goes missing

In a swift action, the Madurai district police arrested two wardens of a hostel, on charges of assaulting five adolescent boys, after a mobile phone went missing on Sunday.

Police said that based on a complaint from one of the victims, the wardens, whose names were given as Ahmad Kabir (27) and Mohammed Hussain (30) of a hostel in which a majority of orphans resided at Al-Ameen Nagar, near Surya Nagar here in Appan Thirupathi police station limits.

The complaint was that the two wardens had allegedly beaten five boys after one of the warden’s mobile phone went missing.

The boys, who were caned, reportedly escaped from the hostel fearing further assault.

However, when they were loitering near Periyar bus stand, a policeman, after inquiries, sent them to the Government Rajaji Hospital for treatment, where they were admitted as in-patients.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police V. Balakrishnan who visited the victims in the hospital assured to examine the case and take action as per the law.

Based on the confession of the two wardens, the Investigation Officer registered cases under IPC Sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (using dangerous weapons) and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) against them and produced them before a judicial magistrate.

The doctors at the hospital said that the boys were discharged late Monday evening. Further investigation is on.

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