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3 PGI sweepers steal x-ray sheets to feed drug addiction

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, October 08, 2013
First Published: 10:55 IST(8/10/2013) | Last Updated: 11:00 IST(8/10/2013)

Three sweepers working at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) were nabbed for stealing 350 x-ray sheets from the institute, on Monday. The three men, reported to be in their late 20s, had taken away the sheets from the department of radiotherapy on Saturday, and wanted to sell these off as scrap for around `3 apiece (for its lead and plastic content) to get money to feed their drug addiction, it is alleged.

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The complaint was filed on Sunday by BS Khaira, security in-charge of the PGIMER, and the three were identified as Rajesh Kumar of Nayagaon, and Suraj Bhan and Sunny of Sector 25, with the help of the department's security camera footage. They had taken away the sheets by loading in the bins and then the carts.

They were arrested on Monday morning and allegedly confessed, and the sheets were recovered. Some of the sheets were part of CT and MRI scans, which are now being tallied with patient records, while many were blank.

PGIMER officials said that since they were employees of the institute, appropriate action would be taken. They were remanded to judicial custody later in the day.

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