CHENNAI: Police on Wednesday sealed a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Mangadu for operating without a valid licence. The closure came a day after they charged the facility's owner and his employees with the fatal beating of an inmate, a 37-year-old tender coconut vendor.
Police said the owner of the centre and three employees on Tuesday attacked Subramani -a resident of West KK Nagar and an alcoholic -when he insisted on being discharged.
Officials at the rehab at first tried to hush up the death. After an autopsy at Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital revealed that he had died of blunt force trauma, police arrested the four men for murder.
"Alcoholism requires treatment. Chaining and beating [inmates] are not cures," TT Ranganathan Clinical Research Foundation director of medical services Anita Rao said.