October 9, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
Hyderabad, India: A 11-year-old boy was reportedly doused with kerosene and set ablaze inside the high security army area in Hyderabad’s Mehdipatnam on Wednesday (Oct. 08).
Sheikh Mustafauddin, who was found with critical burn injuries at Mehdipatnam in the heart of the city on Wednesday, died at DRDO Apollo Hospital.
The boy, a student of a madrasa, in his dying declaration reportedly told magistrate that some army men poured kerosene over him and set him ablaze.
However, the army authorities have denied involvement of any military man in the incident.
According to the police the incident occurred around 2.45 pm on October 08, 2014. The child is a resident of Mehdipatnam. His mother has reiterated the charge.
Hyderabad police commissioner Mahender Reddy said it is not yet clear who attacked the boy and what was the motive.
The police have filed a First Information Report, or FIR, and are investigating the case. A bottle carrying the remnants of kerosene and some matches have been recovered from the site of the attack.
The army has stores in this area.
The army officials, who share a good relationship with the locals, are keen to get to the bottom of this issue. “We are assisting the police in the investigations since the incident took place in the Army area,” said a spokesperson for the army in Delhi.
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