In a shocking development on Friday, two doctors were arrested for supplying sedative pills to drug addicts, in separate raids conducted by Ludhiana rural and Khanna police.
They have been identified as Dr Sudha Vasudeva, incharge, drug de-addiction centre, Ludhiana, and Dr Ashish Sharma of Ivy Hospital, Khanna.
They were misusing their authority and selling the sedatives meant for treatment of drug addicts. The police said that due to non-availability of narcotics in the market, the two were selling these drugs to addicts.
The Ludhiana (rural) police arrested Dr Vasudeva from Kohli Hospital, Mullanpur Dakha, following a tip-off from a drug addict. The police have recovered 3,666 pills from her.
Ludhiana rural SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar said the police had received information that Dr Vasudeva was illegally running her private practice from Kohli Hospital and was using its stationery. Dr Amardeep Kohli, owner of the hospital, had died in a road mishap a few years ago and Dr Vasudeva had rented the hospital. The police also arrested her assistant Beant Kaur, a Plus Two pass. A case under the Drugs and Cosmetic Act and the NDPS Act has been registered against Dr Vasudeva.
The SSP said as the police party arrested her red-handed, she tried to bribe them. He said the police would also slap sections under the Prevention of Corruption Act against her.
The SSP said, “It has been suspected that the accused was selling drugs from the government supply to the addicts. The police also searched her house at Rishi Nagar in Ludhiana.”
“The police will honour the man who had helped them and have concealed his identity,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Khanna police nabbed Dr Ashish Sharma of Ivy Hospital, Khanna, with a stock of 9,000 tablets of Burenorphine and B-Nox-0.4 meant for de-addiction.
Khanna SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill said Dr Sharma had no licence of the de-addiction centre. He said an FIR under the NDPS Act and the Drugs and Cosmetic Act has been registered against him at Khanna Sadar police station.
He said the doctor had admitted that he had been selling the medicine to drug addicts at high prices for the past one year.