Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

An inmate of a de-addiction centre at Dhauli on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar was allegedly beaten to death on Tuesday.

The deceased has been identified as Kalu Nayak who hailed from Jharana Sahi. He was admitted to the de-addiction centre for treatment three months back. 

The family members of Nayak alleged that he was beaten to death. They lodged a complaint in this connection at Dhauli police station.

“We have given Rs 40,000 to the de-addiction centre with the hope that my husband will be free from addiction and return home. However, he has been beaten to death. He has wounds and injury marks all over his body. I was informed by the centre that my husband has suffered a heart attack. When I reached the hospital, I found his lifeless body. He has been beaten to death. We were not even allowed to meet and talk to him in the last three months,” said the deceased’s wife.

Following the complaint, Dhauli police reached the de-addiction centre along with a scientific team and launched an investigation into the incident. 

The CCTC cameras installed at the centre have been seized. Moreover, the owner of the centre is being questioned by the police in this connection.

“The body of the deceased has been sent for post-mortem. The cause of the death will be ascertained after the post-mortem report arrives. An investigation into the incident has been launched. The next course of action will be taken after the arrival of the post-mortem report,” said Bhubaneswar Zone -2 ACP Girija Chakrabarty.