Brahmanbaria: A youth was allegedly beaten to death at a drug rehabilitation centre in Brahmanbaria town on Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Atikul Islam Shafique, 30, son of M Bahar Mian of Kandipara in the town.
Local people said the staff of Prayas Drug Rehabilitation Centre at Pirbari area in the municipality left the body of Atikul at Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital and fled the scene on Saturday morning.
As the information spread, relatives rushed to the hospital.
Later, police went to the spot, picked the body of Atikul and sent it to the hospital morgue for autopsy.
Family members said Atikul was physically fit when he was admitted to the drug rehabilitation centre on August 2.
They claimed that Akikul was beaten to death.
On-duty doctor at Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital Chayan Ray said Atikul was already dead when the staff of the rehabilitation centre brought him to the hospital.
Sadar Police Station officer-in-charge M Abdur Rob said the owner of the drug rehabilitation centre ran away after the incident.
Preparations are on to file a case in this connection and the police is trying to arrest the persons involved, he added.