Health officials said the operators of these centres neither had a valid registration number to run a de-addiction centre, which is required under the Haryana De-addiction Centres Rules, 2010, nor a licence issued under the Rehabilitation Act, 2013. Also, the inmates were found to be illegally confined and manhandled, they said.
A team of five members, including a psychiatrist and deputy chief medical officer Dr Kesav, conducted the raid. Those rescued are all men in the age group of 18 to 25 years.
“Our teams conducted raids at three rehab centres in the city on Thursday night based on a tip-off and rescued 71 people. The first centre is in Sector 5, where 39 people were illegally confined in one room. At the second centre, which is in Sector 55, the team found 28 men crammed in a room, while four people were illegally detained in one room at the third centre. The inmates were being confined in unhygienic conditions at all three places. We have issued show-cause notices to the centres and filed police complaints in these cases,” chief medical officer Dr Virender Yadav said.
During each raid, the team asked the owner of the centre to produce its licence. All three of them failed to produce any paperwork.
Officials said medical examinations of all those rescued were carried out and most of them have been handed over to their families. Three of them were found to be ill and sent in an ambulance to the Sector 10 Civil Hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, a 15-bed de-addiction centre will be made functional at the Sector 31 polyclinic from September 1. This centre will treat patients who are addicted to alcohol, drugs and tobacco, or suffering from other behavioural issues. Doctors will be available 24X7 at the centre, health department officials said. The centre aims to create awareness and educate people about the ill-effects of alcoholism and substance abuse. It will also provide a range of community-based services for identification, motivation counselling, de-addiction, after care and rehabilitation.