"I have ordered an inquiry by senior divisional security commissioner and his officers to get the matter in detail and take appropriate action against the RPF personnel if found guilty," Chief Security Commissioner of East Coast Railway SK Mishra said.

The officials were told to submit an action taken report by January 14, he said. "The boys were rescued and sent back to their homes. Further investigation was on," Cuttack District Collector SN Girish said.

Bikash, 14, and Loknath, 12, were rescued from the RPF Police Station at Cuttack, 26 km from here, by the child protection officials on Tuesday. The alleged confinement and torture came to light after some local media persons reached the RPF Police Station following the information provided by the victims' families, and informed the administration. Both the boys, residents of a city slum, told the officials that they were kept in the RPF lockup since December 31.

"They alleged that the RPF personnel were torturing them physically and mentally," Pragati Mohanty from the district child protection office told. "We also found some injury marks on them," she said.

As per the law, no one can be arrested without a complaint and an arrested person must be presented in a court within 24 hours of his or her being taken into custody. The RPF officials said that they detained the boys for stealing mobile phones and other items from the trains, but they failed to show any complaint lodged against the boys. They did not even hand over the boys to Government Railway Police Force for any investigation, Mohnty said.

(Agencies)

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