Two staff members of the Tata Memorial Hospital were recently arrested for selling medicines meant for patients in the open market. The police suspect the involvement of more staff members in the racket.
The fraud came to light on October 31, after a security guard of the hospital caught one of the arrested accused allegedly carrying the medicines out of the hospital premises. In some time, he spotted another staff member carrying some medicines.
“While the relatives of the patients in the intensive care unit buy medicines needed for surgery, the hospital staff returns the unused medicines to them. The duo — Ajit Karotiya, 27, who worked as sweeper, and Dinesh Dodiya, 24, a ward boy — stole the medicines,” said Sunil Tondwalkar, senior police inspector, Bhoiwada police station.
The accused allegedly sold the medicines to Raju Bagde, 46, an agent, and Rakesh Babriya, 46, a wholesale dealer. According to the police, the staples used for surgery which cost Rs7,000, were sold for Rs200, while a bandage costing Rs525, was sold for Rs50. The police have seized medicines worth Rs2.41 lakh from them. “We are checking if more people are involved,” said another police officer.
The Bhoiwada police have registered a case under sections 381 (theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master), 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code?