The hurt and homicide wing of the State Police Crime Branch on Monday filed its charge sheet in the case relating to the custodial death of law student Satnam Singh at the State Mental Health Centre (SMHC) here.
In his charge sheet, Deputy Superintendent of Police Crime Branch P. Gopakumar accused two caretakers at the SMHC of having enlisted a gang of “cured patients”, all of them convicts, to subdue Satnam Singh.
They meted out corporal punishment to the law student, fatally injuring him in the process, on August 4.
Mr. Gopakumar also named a jailer deputed to SMHC to watch over prisoners admitted there, a janitor of the hospital, and four patients as accused in the murder case.
The agency told the court that the “illegal and unethical practice”, of recruiting other inmates to control patients had indirectly resulted in the death of the Bihar resident.
A magistrate court had transferred Satnam Singh to the SMHC after the Kollam police arrested him on August 2 on the charge of attempting to create a ruckus at the Amritanandamayi Math.
The Crime Branch has ordered an inquiry to find out how certain portions of the charge sheet were reported in the media prior to the agency submitting it before the court. IG B. Sandhya will inquire the matter.