A 37-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death on Monday morning at a de-addiction centre in Mangadu, reported The Times of India. The deceased, P Subramani, was a coconut seller and was undergoing treatment for alcoholism. Four people have been arrested regarding the case, including the owner of the de-addiction centre.
Subramani had earlier undergone a treatment at the centre six months ago but he again started drinking alcohol and was readmitted to the centre on Friday.
On Sunday, Subramani insisted on returning home but he was beaten up by the caretaker, driver and other inmates. He was hit on an eyebrow using a car key. Subramani was bleeding and fainted. He was immediately taken to Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought dead by the doctors.
Bhuvaneshwari got a call from the de-addiction centre claiming that her husband had slipped in the bathroom, got injured and was admitted to the hospital. When she reached the hospital, a staff from the mortuary told her that he had been brought dead to the hospital. He is survived by his wife and two children. He was the sole bread winner of the family.
Bhuvaneshwari filed a complained at the Mangadu police station. Police had seen injuries on his body and sent his body for post-mortem which showed that he had been murdered. Police interrogated the owner of the centre and he accepted that he was beaten to death.
In April last year, in a video which spread on social media, a 31-year-old man was seen being beaten up at a de-addiction centre by the staff. The man was later found hanging dead in his house in Nolambur in Chennai. The deceased man, Kuppusamy was a casual labourer. The video, in which Kuppusamy was beaten by staff of the ‘God Helping Foundation', was repeatedly played on TV channels and spread on social media.
Watch that video here: