A nine-year-old boy died in Abbottabad after being brutally tortured, allegedly by a landlord who reportedly tied the boy to a donkey and made it run into the field, thus dragging the boy along which resulted in his death.

The incident occurred in the village Kangar Mera area in the jurisdiction of Lora police station on Wednesday, police officials said.

The boy who was later identified as Muzammal, son of Sher Afzal, suffered critical injuries to the head and other parts of the body which proved fatal. The boy was rushed to Rural Health Centre Lora where he succumbed to his injuries.

Later, the residents of the area blocked the road and protested against the brutal incident after which police arrested the accused landlord.

DPO Abbottabad Syed Ashfaq Anwar, while confirming the incident, said that FIR has been registered and the investigation has started. He assured that "Justice will be served to the family of deceased."

The autopsy was conducted at rural health centre Havelian and the body was handed over to the family for burial.

Police said that during initial investigation the accused landlord said that the donkeys and goats frequently damaged his crops and used to eat the vegetables from his land. He claimed to have repeatedly asked the boy to take the donkey away.

While the family of the deceased boy allege that the landlord tied the boy to the donkey and hit it with a stick, which made the donkey run fast into the fields thus dragging the nine-year-old along.