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Detoxification centre under lens after inmate's death

Kolkata: A private detoxification centre at Halisahar in North 24 Parganas has come under scanner after the death of a person by alleged physical torture. The family members of the deceased Biswajit Chakraborty alleged that they had admitted him to the centre for treatment but instead of receiving any medical treatment, he was tortured physically which ultimately led to his death.
The other inmates of the center also alleged that they have been subjected to continuous physical torture and the authorities instead of offering treatment to them will often set dogs at them.
"We were threatened that if we speak up against the torture we will be killed.
When the bouncers in the centre would beat us up in the name of treatment music was played at such a high pitch that our shouts did not go beyond the rooms," an inmate who has been lodged in the home for six months said.
Locals alleged that the authorities treated them like animals and would also offer very little food. They would also not allow the inmates to meet with their family members and were threatened of physical torture if they said anything about the inhuman treatment.
According to sources, the centre has been running in the second floor of a rented apartment for two years without any valid license. "They had taken the room from owner Balaram Das at Rs 6,000 per month. It would charge a monthly fees of Rs 5,000 from each of the patients. Presently, the number is nearly 30. However, as per the inmates, never did any doctor turn up for treatment though most of them were mentally handicapped due to addiction to alcohol or similar stuff," a person in the locality alleged.
A few days back, a person had fled to his residence at Sahidnagar area after he was unable to bear
the torture inflicted upon him. The bouncers in the centre had gone to his residence and ransacked it. "We have seen this centre running for one and half years but have never seen
any doctor coming here for treatment," Monojit Roy, a local said.
Top officials associated with running the centre are all absconding with the irregularities coming to light. The Halisahar police station has initiated a case on the basis of the victim's family members and has detained two persons in this connection.
"We want to be free from this torture," an inmate who has been in the centre for a year said.
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