Psychiatrists acting as drug peddlers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2014 20:47 IST

The psychiatrists that are meant to bring the drug addicts in main stream have been acting as drug peddlers. In a shocking development two psychiatrists, including Dr Sudha Vasudeva, who is incharge at Drug de-addiction center at Ludhiana and Dr. Ashish Sharma of local Ivy Hospital of Khanna, have been arrested for supplying sedative pills to the drug addicts to mint money on Friday, in two separate raids conducted by Ludhiana rural and Khanna police, respectively.

The sedatives that the psychiatrists were selling are meant for treatment of drug addicts, but they were selling it among the drug addicts by misusing their authorities. The police said that due to non-availability of narcotics in the market, the psychiatrists have been selling such drugs and making them addict of these drugs.

The Ludhiana (rural) police have arrested Dr Sudha Vasudeva on Friday from Kohli Hospital, Mullanpur Dakha, on Friday following a tip-off from a drug addict. The police have recovered 3,666 pills from her possession.

Ludhiana Rural SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar said the police got information that Dr Vasudeva was illegally running her private practice from Kohli Hospital and was using letter pads and stamps. Dr Amardeep Kohli, owner of the hospital, who died in a road mishap a few years ago, Dr Vasudeva had got the hospital on rent from his relatives and running her private practice from here. A case under drug and cosmetic act and NDPS act has been registered against her.

The SSP said when the police party raided and arrested her red handed the accused tried to bribe them. He said the police would also slam sections under Prevention of Corruption Act against the accused. Dr Vasudeva has appointed a local girl Beant Kaur, as assistant in the hospital, who is a Plus Two pass. The police have arrested her assistant too.

"It has been suspected that the accused was selling the drugs of government supply among the addicts. The police have also conducted a raid at her house at Rishi Nagar of Ludhiana and conducted a search," said the SSP.
"The police will also honor the man that has helped the police in cracking down the malpractice conducted by the doctor. The police have concealed his identity," he added.

Khanna police nabbed Dr Ashish Sharma of local Ivy Hospital with a stock of 9,000 tablets of Burenorphine and B-Nox-0.4 being used for de-addiction.

Disclosing the arrest, Khanna SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill said Dr Ashish Sharma has no licence of de-addiction centre as required by law and 9,000 tablets had been recovered from his possession. He said an FIR under sections 22/61/85 of NDPS Act, section 18 C, 27 (b)(2) of Drugs and Cosmetic Act has been registered at Sadar police station of Khanna.

During preliminary investigation he admitted that he had been selling this medicine to drug-addicts at very high rates for the past one year. Further investigation is on, he added.

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