This is one criminal conspiracy that refuses to abate despite the arrests of at least 20 people, ranging from junior government hospital staff to shopkeepers, and the recovery of stolen booty amounting to upwards of R12 crore over the last four years.
On Saturday, the Delhi Police Crime Branch cracked down on a gang of four, including a pharmacist, who had hacked into a government database and procured documents of at least 47 beneficiaries from the database of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and fraudulently procured medicines supplies under their cards. Booty worth R18 lakh was recovered from them.
"This is just another installment of the thriving nexus between corrupt retailers of medical goods and their associates who operate at medical facilities across the Capital. Such equipment is either stolen from government hospitals or procured fraudulently," said Sanjay Bhatia, additional deputy commissioner of police (crime).
The arrested were identified as Attar Singh, 46, a pharmacist in a CGHS dispensary in Nanak Pura, Satish Kumar, 40, Sanjeev Kumar, 40 and Manoj Kumar (27).
Police said Singh had hacked into the CGHS databank and found out the names of dormant cardholders before procuring fresh cards using the data and merely adding a picture of his associates to the same.
"Till date he has gotten 47 such cards issued from CGHS dispensaries in Nauroji Nagar, Malviya Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Moti Bagh, RK Puram Sectors 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 12. He used to get medicines issued in the name of these fraudulent card holders," said Ashok Chand, deputy commissioner of police (crime).
Police said Manoj was tasked with selling the fraudulently procured medicines, which were mostly expensive ones, in the market.
"Similarly, on December 28, 2008 we arrested four men for pilfering medicines and equipment meant for CGHS dispensaries and selling them on the open market. Two of them were CGHS employees,” police said.