Bihari youth's father seeks CBI probe into his death

 Harvinder Kumar Singh, father of the Bihari youth Satnam Singh, who had been brutally beaten to death at Mental Health Institute here six months back, on Thursday met Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and sought CBI probe into the incident.

Singh later told media persons that only a probe by the central investigation agency would unravel the mystery surrounding the death of his son.

He expressed dissatisfaction and anguish over the manner in which Kerala police had investigated the case and filed the charge sheet in the court.

He said chief investigation officer IG Sandhya had not met the family members and taken their statements.

All his effort to meet her did not succeed as the officer denied permission.

He also met Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala to press his demand.

A people’s committee formed to ensure the free and fair investigation into the death of Satnam also is campaigning for the CBI probe.

The 23-year Satnam, a student at the Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University in Lucknow, was killed in August, 2012.

He had jumped the queue to have the darshan of Matha Amrithanandamai at her asramam at Vallikkavu in Kollam district on August 1 and rushed to dais where Matha gave blessings to devotees. Mistaking him as a terrorist, the security men caught and handed him over to the police.

They, on the directive of the court, admitted him to the mental health institute. He was brutally beaten up by a gang of four persons engaged by the institute to look after the patients, when Satnam resisted their move to forcibly cut his hair. 

Harvinder Kumar Singh was accompanied by Satnam’s younger brother and social activist Daya Bhai.

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