The Centre for Film Studies and Culture, on Saturday, organised a cultural protest against the alleged delay in punishing those responsible for the death of Satnam Singh Mann, a law student from Bihar, who is said to have created a ruckus at the Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram and was later found dead at the Mental Health Centre here in the city.
Purogamana Kalasahithya Sanghom general secretary V.N. Muralee inaugurated the meeting, which was attended by Satnam Singh’s father, Harendra Kumar Singh. Mr. Singh said that he was not happy with the current police investigation, which was only to save the real culprits.
Satnam, an undergraduate at the National Law University in Lucknow, had run away from his home in May last. He was arrested and remanded in judicial custody on August 1 after he became violent at the Amritapuri Ashram in Kollam. He was subsequently in police custody in jail and then at the mental hospital, where he is said to have been tortured to death, as per the Crime Branch report. Six persons, including a policeman, were arrested in the case.
A member of the group told The Hindu that they would demand a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the case as eight months had elapsed since the death, and the government was unnecessarily delaying further proceedings in the case. The group has organised ‘Justice for Satnam Singh,’ a protest forum, to press its demands.