Families now threatened
Families of the two tortured children received threats of “eviction” from their houses at Chowbaria village in Poba upazila two days after filing of a case over the torture.
Police could not arrest the main accused as of yesterday, raising concern among the victim families.
One of the victims, Emon Ali, 13, an orphan, who went into hiding in fear, was rescued by police from Sundorpur village in Poba yesterday. He was admitted to Poba Upazila Health Complex with bruises.
Another victim Zahid, 15, a class-ten student at Bagsara High School, has been undergoing treatment at the same health complex.
The two teenage boys were beaten up badly by a group of brutes in Chowbaria village on Friday over flimsy claims that they may have stolen a mobile phone.
Although they protested their innocence and howled in pain, the tormentors, including an army soldier and a Rab member, continued beating the kids.
Someone among the crowd filmed parts of the disturbing incident and shared it on social media, triggering an outcry.
On Saturday, Zahid's father Emran Hossain filed a case against 13 people.
Emran yesterday told this correspondent that the attackers phoned him twice from an unknown mobile number and asked “not to do any excess” over the matter.
One of the callers threatened him with dire consequences, while another threatened to evict them from the village, he said.
Shariful Islam, officer-in-charge of Poba Police Station, said, “We are investigating the allegation. Who will evict them when police are dealing with the matter sincerely?" the OC asked.
Meanwhile, locals staged a demonstration in Duari village yesterday, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the torture.
They brought out a procession in the area and later blocked Naogaon-Rajshahi highway for about half an hour from 12:30noon.
Torturers let go of the kids, after taking Emran's signature on a blank paper. They also threatened him against telling it to anyone or going to the police.