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3 staffers nabbed for beating rehabilitation inmate to death in Noida

NOIDA: Three workers of Vishram Foundation were arrested on Monday in connection with the death of a Delhi resident, who was admitted to the drug rehabilitation centre for alcoholism after he was allegedly beaten up for nearly four hours by the centre’s manager.
The centre’s staff, police said, resorted to beating inmates as a way of “disciplining” them, police have found.
On Monday, cops arrested Monu Kuvad (36), Shakir Khan (19) and Sonu Singh (32), after they found video evidence that the men had repeatedly kicked the victim, Indrajit Singh (30), while the centre’s manager, Pawan Kumar, hit him with sticks between 9am and 1pm on March 9. Kumar was arrested on March 10 on the complaint of Indrajit’s brother Sarvjit. Cops have also recovered the stick used to beat the victim from his residence.
SHO of Sector 113 Pramod Kumar Prajapati said the three men arrested on Monday were working at the rehabilitation facility for six months. “CCTV footage recovered from the facility shows the three suspects kicking the victim while the manager was beating him. The suspects were produced before a magistrate who sent them to judicial custody on Monday,” Prajapati said.
During interrogation, they are said to have told the police that beating inmates was a “common practice” at the facility and they resorted to physical torture to “disciplining” them.
“They claimed that after all the inmates were given breakfast on March 9, four of them were told to bend on their knees and raise their hands as a form of punishment for misbehaviour. We found that Indrajit refused to follow the orders after which Kumar and the 3 staffers beat him. Kumar hit Indrajit on the head with a stick after which he collapsed,” the SHO told TOI.
Indrajit was admitted to the facility four days before the incident. While the family was told he died after he had an epileptic fit, his brother had filed a complaint after he noticed wounds on his body.

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