Goregaon-based Pukhraj Jain (78), a diabetic, was impressed with ‘Dr’ Munir Khan after hearing his claims on a television programme, anchored by yesteryear actress Tabassum.
“I saw hope of getting cured. I thought he was god-sent,” said Jain, a publisher. Jain bought two bottles of the medicine, costing Rs 15,600 each, for himself and his wife who had a kidney ailment.
“However, her condition deteriorated after consuming those medicines and she had to be hospitalised,” said Jain. “I spent over Rs 3 lakh on her treatment and had to sell her ornaments.”
Jain is among the 16 witnesses against Khan who claimed to have a cure for all diseases, including cancer and AIDS. Jain gave his statement to the police on Wednesday and has sought compensation from Khan.
Khan, who claims to be a scientist, is still untraceable.
The police raided his Versova clinic on Tuesday. Sixteen people including Khan’s 25-year-old son, Munish and four women doctors were arrested for assaulting the police and helping Khan flee.
The police have requested the state medical council for cancelling the license of the women doctors at his clinic.
The police said Khan, who initially worked as a compounder with a doctor, started his clinic five years ago after completing a one-year course in alternative medicine from Kandivli.
Khan promoted his business on television and in magazines. He had five-six bodyguards and sold around 70-80 bottles of his ‘medicine’ every day. ‘Poor’ patients could get it for Rs 15,000 but without a bill.
“Khan had put up a lot of photo in his clinic in which he is shown posing with high profile politicians, businessmen and actors,” said Assistant Inspector Hanumant Borate.
Khan and Munish would allegedly threaten dissatisfied patients with police action if they demanded their money back when the treatment failed.
The police have sent the medicine to the Kalina forensic laboratory. Sources said that while its main ingredients were honey and beans, two other ingredients were found to be unfit for consumption. The Food and Drug Administration lodged a complaint against Khan a month ago. There are cases against Khan in Rajasthan and at Mumbra.