Gandhinagar, Oct 7: The alleged attack on a 17-year-old Dalit boy for sporting a moustache in Limbodara village of Gandhinagar district of Gujarat, on October 3, was staged, the police claimed on Friday. Briefing further on the case, the police said that the teenager got wounds inflicted on himself with the help of his friends, to gain publicity. Reports say that the father of the boy has also admitted that the 17-year-old had committed a mistake.

As per a report in The Indian Express, the case was investigated by three teams which did not find any blade from the spot. The investigators could not trace the vehicle or attackers too. The report further quotes Virendra Singh Yadav, Superintendent of Police, Gandhinagar district, as saying that the people around the area denied witnessing any crime or hearing any scream. “So in this case the FIR is fake,” Yadav was quoted as saying.

A few days back, the teenager had alleged that he was attacked with a blade by two unidentified persons while he was returning home from school. He had also claimed that he was beaten up on September 25 when his cousin Piyush Parmar (24) was attacked for keeping a moustache, to which his father stands by. “My son was beaten up during the September 25 attack along with his cousin,” he said.

Speaking to The Indian Express the mother of the boy informed that the family has decided to discontinue boy’s education. “We will make him sit for the exams externally,” she said.

Meanwhile, a Dalit leader has questioned the pro-activeness of the police in the case. “How are the police so proactive in this case only,” he asked while demanding detailed probe in other cases.