Chennai, Mar 1 (BPNS)
The CB-CID sleuths of Tamil Nadu police who are investigating the torture, rape and ill-treatment at the Anbu Jothi Ashram mental care centre have commenced an investigation on the missing persons from the mental care centre.
The centre located in Villupuram, Tamil Nadu is in the news after government authorities conducted raids in the ashram and shut it down following complaints of torture and ill treatment of the inmates.
There has been complaints of rape and human trafficking from the mental care home rune by Jubin Baby and his wife Maria hailing from Kerala.
The case regarding the Anbu Jothi Ashram came out in the open when a person Halideen filed a habeas corpus petition after his relative Zafirullah (70) was missing. The police investigation after the habeas corpus was filed found that the septuagenarian was transferred to another home in Bengaluru, Hope of Home.
The owners of the ashram ,Jubin and Maria used to transfer people undergoing mental illness to other ashrams like Home of Hope in Bengaluru, Snehalaya Charitable Trust in Kasargod, Kerala, Apna Ghar Ashram in Rajasthan, Karunai Illam in Vaniyambadi, Tamil Nadu and St. Josephs Hospice in Villupuram.
Police on investigation found that a batch of 15 residents were missing from the Home Of Hope in Bengaluru after they were transferred from Anbu Jothi Ashram. There were reports that Zafirullah (70) was among the 15 people who were missing from Hope of Home.
Interstate human trafficking and human organ trade are also being raised against the ashram owners. One of the accused in the case, Biju Mohan in his statement to the police said that he used to abduct people loitering in the streets and on being brought to the ashram tonsure their heads and taken to other homes that were mentioned earlier including the Hope of Home in Bengaluru.
He also informed the police that Jubin use to terrorise the inmates by letting loose two monkeys in the ashram on them. The monkeys were captured by the Forest department during the raids in the ashram.
Two women inmates of the ashram have complained of rape against the owner Jubin Baby and the Kedar police have registered a case over this.
Opposition parties, BJP and AIADMK have already demanded a CBI probe into the case as this involve interstate connections and human trafficking and organ trade being suspected.
The presence of psychotropic materials from the ashram is also now being probed by the CB-CID.
With more complaints coming up,the Tamil Nadu CB-CID is joining the dots to bring out a clear picture of whether human trafficking and human organ sale has taken place from the Anbu Jothi Ashram. This will be clear in the days to come and if there is a delay in the investigation report, the Tamil Nadu government will be forced to hand over the case to the CBI.