Three boys living at a remand home in Bihar’s Arrah town have alleged sexual assault by inmates, PTI reported on Wednesday. The police subsequently arrested seven people.

The remand home houses juvenile from Bhojpur, Kaimur and two other adjoining districts.

Bhojpur Superintendent of Police Avakash Kumar said a first information report has been filed against the seven accused. He said the matter came to light when the boys, booked in a murder case, told their family members during a court hearing that fellow inmates assaulted them.

“The boys told their family members that on Tuesday, they along with another fellow inmate, were attacked by a group of seven juveniles lodged at the remand home,” Kumar said. “Bruises are visible on the bodies of all the three and a case has been lodged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.”

“Medical tests have been conducted to ascertain the allegations of sexual assault,” the police officer added. “If the reports, which will take some time to come out, confirm the assault, more sections may be added.”

Kumar said that as soon as news of the FIR reached the remand home, its inmates vandalised the premises. However, staff members brought the situation under control.

The incident comes days after it was revealed that at least 34 girls at a government-run shelter in Muzaffarpur had been raped. Ten of the eleven accused in the case have been arrested. The Central Bureau of Investigation has taken over the inquiry and booked the officials and employees of the shelter home.