A 40-year-old man succumbed to severe injuries he suffered on Monday night while trying to flee a private rehabilitation centre for drug addicts.
The police said the man, identified as Mohsin, had escaped the centre through a grille in a toilet but was pierced by iron spikes on the main gate of an apartment complex.
Police said that 14 occupants of ‘Dirghayu Nasha Mukti Kendra’ in Sector 3 of Rajendra Nagar in Sahibabad fled the centre after breaking open a grille in a toilet at the centre.
They jumped behind the building complex between 11pm and midnight on Monday, the police said.
“After they escaped through the grille, they landed in an apartment complex located behind the centre. In order to flee the place, they climbed the main gate of the complex, which had iron spikes on the top. When two to three persons, including Mohsin, climbed and tried to jump over, the gate broke and his abdomen was severed by the iron spikes,” Ashish Srivastava, circle officer (CO), border, said.
While the other 13 inmates of the centre escaped amid the darkness after climbing the main gate of the apartment, Mohsin lay in a pool of blood and was rushed by the police to a private hospital in Mohan Nagar.
He was later rushed to MMG district hospital.
“He succumbed during treatment at the MMG hospital as he had lost a lot of blood. We have called the director of the private rehabilitation centre but he did not turn up till Tuesday night. Once we get a complaint, we will take proper legal action,” the CO said.
On hearing about the incident, Mohsin’s relatives arrived at the centre on Tuesday and created a ruckus. They also demanded action against the centre and alleged negligence on the part of the centre’s management.
Dr JK Sharma, the director of the rehabilitation centre, did not respond to calls.
Mohsin is a resident of Sahibabad in Ghaziabad and was admitted to the centre around one and half month ago to help him with the problem of alcoholism. He was stated to be suffering withdrawal symptoms and planned to escape the centre.
Police said that a search is on to locate the 13 persons who escaped the centre.