Inmate beaten to death by de-addiction centre workers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014 18:54 IST

Kangra police on Tuesday arrested three workers of a drug de-addiction centre in Indora area of the district who allegedly beat a drug addict to death hailing from Moga in Punjab.

The victim identified as Rajinder Singh was allegedly beaten to death on November 11 and his body was disposed off in forests at Shahpur, around 60km from Indora.

Sources in the police department said some people from Moga had opened a drug de-addiction centre in Indora in 2013 in a rented accommodation. Over two dozen drug addicts from different areas of Punjab were kept in the centre.

The workers of the centre beat Rajinder to control him. However, he succumbed to his injuries. The workers at the centre, instead of informing the police, disposed off his body to hide their crime.

However, another inmate Sukhwinder Singh blew off the lid of the alleged crime by informing the deceased's kin in Punjab.

The police said parents of the deceased lodged an FIR with local police on Monday.

During the investigations, Sukhwinder told the police that the workers had beaten up Rajinder, disposed off the body and fled from the area.

Kangra additional superintendent of police (ASP) Shiv Kumar said three accused Balwinder, Mintu and Nikka have been arrested and investigation was on.

“The body has been recovered on the basis of information provided by the accused,” he added.

A case under sections 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the accused and police was looking into the activities being carried out in the de-addiction centre.

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