Health officials were left red-faced as they discovered that at least 1,500 empty blood bags were missing from Civil Hospital. The police is investigating whether there is a link between the fake blood plasma case cracked by counter intelligence cops in Bathinda and this case of alleged embezzlement.
Blood transmission officer (BTO) Dr GS Grewal lodged an FIR against the store keeper William Rajan of Haibowal.Police division number 2 registered a case against the accused under Section 408 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.
Dr Grewal told police that 1,563 empty blood bags were missing from the hospital. The police suspect that the accused sold the bags in the market for financial gains.
The counter-intelligence department of Bathinda had, on June 14, busted a gang and seized around 7,600 litres of fake blood plasma in 21,700 packets. The police have arrested five accused in this case. After the arrest, cops also raided two shops in Ludhiana, where they found out that the accused would buy empty packets of blood from here.
The team also found that some of the packets recovered from the accused were the same as those used by the health department. When health officials were informed of this, they decided to check their records. Station house officer Gurvir Singh of Police Station Division Number 2 said the accused took leave when he realised as soon as the FIR was lodged against him.