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Man ‘beaten up’ to death at rehab centre in Punjab, three held

The victim’s family said he was admitted to the de-addiction centre six days back to rid him of his drinking habit, where he was brutally assaulted, leading to his death .

chandigarh Updated: May 03, 2019, 07:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Sangrur
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Three persons have been arrested in connection with the death of an inmate of a rehabilitation centre, who allegedly was beaten up by the caretakers of the private facility in Sular Gharat town in Sangrur on Wednesday.

Those arrested have been identified as Mohit Kumar, Gurvinder Singh and Gurminder Singh.

The family members of victim Kewal Singh of Sheron village, who was in his 50s, said he was admitted to the de-addiction centre six days back to rid him of his drinking habit, where he was brutally assaulted, leading to his death.

On Wednesday, police had booked Mohit Kumar of Lehragaga, Gurvinder Singh of Taranji Khera, Jugraj Singh from Danewal, Gurminder Singh of Ludhiana and manager Pankaj Verma on the complaint of Kewal’s family. The name of the centre’s owner Gursevak Singh was also nominated for inclusion in the FIR on the complaint of victim’s son. The accused were booked under sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian penal code at the Dirba police station.

“He was admitted to the centre last week and I paid Rs 14,000 for his treatment. The caretakers of the centre beat him up and informed us only after his death. Initially, we were told that he was unwell and has been rushed to the civil hospital. When we reached the hospital, he was dead,” said Gurlal Singh, 22, Kewal’s son.

“We are being pressured to reach a compromise, but we want justice and the guilty should be punished,” he added.

“We have arrested three of the accused, namely Mohit Kumar, Gurvinder Singh and Gurminder Singh. Investigations are on,” said Dirba deputy superintendent of police (DSP) William Jeji.

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