A group of local residents burnt a young boy on suspicion of theft on Monday.
According to police officials, six men threw boiling water over a young boy after suspecting him of having stolen from their house.
The boy has been admitted to Nishtar hospital.
According to police, Munirabad Khanewal Road resident Ramzan was working at the house of Khushhaal colony resident Jabbar Khan. Jabbar Khan and his sons Jani Khan, Nazir Khan, Kala Khan, Nadeem Khan and two unidentified people recently abducted Ramzan’s son Sajid two days ago from his house. He was beaten up and a bucket of boiling water was thrown on the boy.
“They accused me and my son of theft and when I told them we hadn’t taken anything from their house they dropped the issue. A day later, my son was missing. All I had done was demand our pay,” Ramzan told police officials. Ramzan said that by the time he discovered that his son had been taken by Jabbar Khan and his family, the boy had already been burned.
“They threw boiling water on him first and then threw a bucket of cold water. He is in the hospital and doctors say he may lose his eyesight,” he added. Ramzan told police officials that the men threw his son outside his house and then he was taken to the hospital.
Sajid, 7, has been admitted to Nishtar Hospital’s Ward 6 in serious condition.
Hospital officials have said that the boy may lose his eyesight and has suffered second degree burns to most of his body.
New Multan police Station House Officer (SHO) Humayun said that the police received an application and would take legal action in the light of a medical report.
Ramzan said his son did not steal anything and was tortured because he had demanded his two-month salary from his employers.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 6th, 2011.