Three youths were allegedly thrashed and had petrol injected in their anus on suspicion of mobile phone theft. The despicable crime was allegedly committed by a Ghaziabad-based politician's brother.
The two minors are admitted in a hospital in Delhi, while the 24-year-old victim is admitted in a hospital in Loni.
"The other two got the same treatment. Doctors say that my brother will require surgery, if he does not respond to medicines," Akram, the elder brother of the 16-year-old victim was quoted saying to Hindustan Times.
Police intervened and arrested three men for the crime after a WhatsApp video of the incident went viral. Among the suspect arrested suspects is Rizwan Qureshi, the brother of Samajwadi Party politician Haji Ehsan Qureshi.
On October 12, Rizwan and his accomplices had allegedly picked up three people aged 16, 17 and 24, suspecting them of having stolen a mobile phone. They were taken to Qureshi's dairy at Garhi Sablu in Loni where "the three were brutally beaten up. When they told Rizwan's men that they did not steal the phone, one of them suggested using petrol. They injected petrol into my brother's private parts with syringes used on buffaloes," said Akram.
The 24-year-old victim said that several men were arbitrarily picked up and taken to the dairy just because they were in the area.
"Several men took us to Rizwan's dairy farm around 9.30am on October 12. In all, 8-9 people were taken to the dairy and three of us were beaten and injected with petrol. Firoz, one of Rizwan's friends, had warned us that they will inject petrol again," the victim said.
Police say that they have registered cases under sections that deal with causing grievous hurt by dangerous means and unnatural offences.
"Doctors told us that both the minors might have suffered permanent damage to their organs due to petrol. The victims are under treatment. We have added stringent sections to the FIR and arrested two accused. The third will be arrested soon," Anil Kumar Yadav, circle officer (Loni) said.
Samajwadi Party politician Haji Ehsan questioned the allegations and called it a political conspiracy hatched by his rivals against him and his brother. He said that he made his brother Rizwan "surrender" before the police on Monday.
"These boys were standing near the dairy farm around 4 am on October 12. After my brother got free, he found his mobile missing...I admit that he may have slapped or maybe beaten them with a stick. These boys were called to the farm around 11pm and they admitted stealing the mobile phone and promised to return it the next day. However, some local politicians have turned it into a conspiracy against me and implicated my brother," Eshan claimed.