Dibrugarh Police on Wednesday arrested two persons on charges of torturing a minor boy employed in a hotel at Greenwood Tea Estate in Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh.

The arrested persons have been identified as Abinash Gowala and Biki Gupta.

Biki Gupta is the owner of the hotel.

They were arrested in connection with a Lahoal PS case no. 336/21 u/s 448/294/325/34 IPC, R/W Sec 14 of The Child Labour Act, R/W Sec 75 JJ Act.

According to sources, a video went viral on social media where it was seen that a person was slapping the minor in the hotel and the other person was trying to save the minor from the person.

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In the CCTV footage, it was clearly seen that the minor was mercilessly slapped by the person who was identified as Abinash Gowala.

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Sources said Abinash Gowala parked his motorcycle in front of the hotel and the minor child parked the motorcycle on a different side.

The person got infuriated after his motorcycle was parked on the other side and slapped the minor for changing the parking position of his motorcycle.

Dibrugarh additional superintendent of police (HQ) Bitul Chetia said, “The two persons were arrested after we found the CCTV footage that the minor was assaulted by a person. We have sent both of them to judicial custody. We have handed over the minor to Childline.”

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com