Delhi: Man held for beating child worker to death
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 23:01
New Delhi: A man, who had beaten to death a 10-year-old child working in his 'bindi'-making unit here, was arrested on Thursday after a five-day hunt, police said.

Kaleemullah, a resident of Wazirpur, was nabbed from near Inderlok Metro Station while he was trying to flee, DCP (North-West) Meenu Choudhary said.

In the last few days, raids were conducted in local hideouts of the suspect while a team was sent to his native state Bihar.

The incident came to light on April 16 when the caretaker of a cemetery of Azadpur informed police that the body of a child bearing injury marks has been brought there.

A police team seized the body and after inquiry, came to know that the child along with three other children was working with his uncle Kaleemullah at his 'bindi'-making unit.

Choudhary said three months back Kaleemullah brought two brothers aged 9 and 11 years old from Bihar by telling their mother, a distant relative, that he will take care of their food, education and accommodation in Delhi. The other two boys met him here in search of work four months back.

"Kaleemullah used to brutally beat up these children often and starve them for days to get the best out of them. He used to terrify them so that they do not attempt to flee or narrate their ordeal to anybody. He used to burn their skin with hot iron rods for minor mistakes committed while on work," the officer said.

On April 15, the victim child showed reluctance to work as he was not feeling well and was unable to stand up on his own. "Kaleemullah got infuriated and started beating him up and banged his head on the wall several times. He succumbed to his injuries and Kaleemullah fled the spot immediately," the DCP said.

The other boys who witnessed his ordeal went into a state of shock and went to some distant relative's place in Wazirpur and Bhalaswa. One boy was rescued the same day and the other two a day after. All the three were sent to Mukti Ashram in Ibrahim Pur after their medical examination.

Meanwhile, child rights NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which runs the Mukti Ashram, said it will organise a candle light vigil at India Gate tomorrow evening in memory of the murdered child and to take a pledge to end child labour.


First Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 23:01

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