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Shillong: Inquiry into reports of soldier beating children
January 04, 2007 15:26 IST
The army has ordered a court of inquiry into an allegation that a soldier beat up street children, a defence spokesman said on Thursday.
Local dailies have reported that a couple of street children were beaten by a soldier who was on patrol duty near Lady Keane college on December 24.
"In a prompt action, the army has ordered a court of inquiry to ascertain the facts. The guards have been replaced forthwith," the spokesman said.
Stating that the army had taken a very serious view of the incident, the spokesman said personnel found guilty would be severely punished.
According to media reports quoting an eyewitness, a soldier named Morbona had assaulted the children while they were taking a bath at a spring near the college.
He beat up Donborlang Kharbuli and Ami Sharma with a stick and also stamped the former with his boots.
The report evoked protests from the NGOs and political circles demanded immediate action against the concerned personnel.