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The coach of a six-year-old Indian boy who entered the record books last year when he ran 40 miles in seven hours was arrested yesterday and charged with torturing the child.
Biranchi Das, a fitness fanatic who runs a judo school in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneshwar, was taken into police custody and faces allegations that he tied up and beat Budhia Singh, who had become a hero throughout the country.
Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Arun Kumar Sahu rejected the bail plea of the accused after the

prosecution counsel submitted that release of the accused coach at this point of time would adversely affect the investigation in the case.
Das was produced before the court hours after he was formally arrested on the charges of torturing the boy.
The case against him was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by Budhia Singh’s mother Sukanti Singh earlier in the day.
The wonder kid, who hit the headlines after he ran a distance of 65 km from Puri to Bhubaneswar on May 2 last year under the guidance of Das, was is living at the State Judo Association premises till recently. The coach had even claimed that he had adopted the boy.
Das, however, has denied all the charges that have been levelled against him by both the boy and his mother since Sunday.
Meanwhile, Budhia Singh’s mother reportedly told the Khurda District Child Welfare Committee that she had taken away her son from Das’ custody as she apprehended danger to the boy’s life.
In her statement before the Committee, Singh alleged that Das tortured the boy physically and subjected to inhuman treatment by pouring hot water on his body and hanging him with a ceiling fan.
She also alleged that Das did not give her enough money from the amount that he kept receiving from various sources as donations for the boy.
Budhia Singh also levelled identical charges against his one time mentor during the recording of his statement by the Committee.
“The statements of the boy and his mother matched with each other,” chairman of the Child Welfare Committee R. S. Mishra told reporters.
The Committee is likely to submit the findings of its inquiry to the State government latest by Thursday. It will also peruse police records as well as the report pertaining to the boy’s medical examination before finalising its report.
Mishra, however, clarified that the Committee’s aim was not to punish anyone in the present case.

 

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