The police said that the arrested accused have been identified as Vikas of Ward No. 7, Shahabad town and Afsar of Dusain village in Kaithal district.
A joint team of health and family welfare department, social welfare department of the district and Haryana chief minister’s flying squad busted the ‘illegal drug de-addiction’ center.
On the complaint of district social welfare officer (DSWO) Surjit Kaur, a case was registered against both accused persons. They were booked under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Ismailabad police station on Monday.
The DSWO said that a joint inspection was done at Vikas Nasha Mukti Kendra in Ismailabad town, where a counsellor Afsar was present.
“Afsar was asked to present relevant documents regarding running the de-addiction center, who said that the same was with owner Vikas. There were 22 persons admitted at this center, who were kept as prisoners in a hall there”, said the complainant officer.
She said that upon checking the available record and register of the de-addiction center, it was found that its license (HRYSJE-2019/4651) was valid from March 6, 2019 to March 5, 2022, and there was no document available to operate this center.
“The patients admitted at the center were found to be kept illegally only with a motive to earn money by cheating their parents. On the spot, 10 patients were handed over to their parents in healthy condition. Remaining 12 were shifted temporarily to the de-addiction center at LNJP District Civil Hospital in Kurukshetra in an ambulance for their proper treatment and care. The de-addiction center at Ismailabad was fully vacated and locked,” said the DSWO.
She said that the qualified doctor or staff was not found at the center and the facilities were not proper as required under the license.
“The life of patients was put at risk without the observation of any doctor, which is a serious violation of human rights and illegal process. All the records of the center including the CCTV DVRs were seized”, said the complainant.