13-year-old beaten to death for plucking mangoes

May 4th, 2009 - 1:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, May 4 (IANS) A 13-year-old boy was beaten to death for allegedly plucking mangoes from an orchard in a Bihar village, police said Monday.
Ravi Panda was beaten to death Sunday evening in Bakshaghat near Purnia town, about 400 km from here.

The victim’s father Kamleshwari Paswan said his son was killed by orchard’s owner. “My son’s only crime was that he plucked a few mangoes from their orchard. They mindlessly beat him to death.”

After the news spread in the neighbourhood, hundreds of people protested and demanded action against the accused.

A police officer said that investigation has begun and action will be taken soon.

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