Children were armed with sticks and stumps

Two policemen with the Delhi Armed Police were beaten up purportedly by half-a-dozen minors lodged in the Place of Safety home for alleged juveniles in conflict with law in Majnu-ka-Tila here on Saturday. The policemen were taken to hospital from where they were discharged after treatment.

The incident took place on Saturday morning when a police team from the IIIrd Battalion of the Delhi Armed Police as a routine reached the observation home to take the minors who were to be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board.

“It all happened near the entrance gate when about half-a-dozen children staying at the home attacked the unarmed policemen taking them by surprise. The children were armed with sticks and stumps. Before the situation could be brought under control, two policemen had sustained injuries in the scuffle. The incident was reported to the home officials and police officers,” said an official.

The official said the Station House Officer of the Timarpur police station also rushed to the spot along with other subordinates after being informed about the incident. “A head constable and a constable with the Delhi Armed Police were injured. They were discharged from the hospital after treatment,” said an area police officer.

A day before the incident, another inmate of the same observation home had escaped from the Juvenile Justice Board premises in nearby Kingsway Camp. “Soon after the boy was produced before a magistrate, he ran away from there. Some policemen ran after him, gave a long chase and were finally able to nab him. The boy could not escape as he hit the dead end of a lane. He was trying to scale the wall, but the policemen pulled him down and then they allegedly roughed him up for having attempted to escape. A few days ago, his friend staying at the same observation home had escaped while being taken to a hospital,” said another official.

The officials complained that while no action could be initiated against the juveniles attempting to escape from observation homes, it were the home staffers who eventually bore the brunt. “A couple of years ago, services of a welfare officer appointed on contractual basis were terminated after some children escaped from his observation home,” said an official.

Earlier this year, some juveniles lodged at the Place of Safety in Majnu-ka-Tila had allegedly broken two of the cameras installed there for efficient supervision of the home.