Thursday, 9 October 2014

Boy set on fire allegedly by Army jawans in Hyderabad dies

HYDERABAD: An 11-year-old boy, who was found with severe burns in a restricted area on the premises of Mehdipatnam Garrison on Wednesday afternoon, has succumbed to his injuries, according to TV reports.

Family and locals had alleged that the boy Shaik Mustafauddin, who was a resident of SiddiqueNagar and had suffered over 90% burns, was set ablaze by Army jawans.


Siddique Nagar has just over 200 households and it is an old residential area located in the middle of the Mehdipatnam Garrison.


The residents are issued special passes by the Army to enter and exit the garrison. The residential area is cordoned off on all sides except for a passage, which doubles up as entry/exit for the civilians.


Mustafauddin, son of Shaik Mukheeduddin from Siddique Nagar, was a student of a local madrassa.


At 2pm, according to police, residents of the colony heard screams from outside the barricaded area.


"Locals said they found Mustafa lying outside the barricade with severe burn injuries. I spoke to the boy at Osmania General Hospital (OGH) and he told me that while he was playing near his house, two Army jawans called him into the barricaded area. They asked him to sneak in through the fencing. After the boy entered the restricted area, the two jawans thrashed him and threw gasoline on him. The boy said when he tried to escape, the jawans beat him up again and set him ablaze," Greater Hyderabad mayor Majid Hussain told TOI.



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