Acting on a 37-year-old’s complaint, who was allegedly cheated of R3.2 lakh she paid for spurious Ayurvedic medicine, cops have arrested three of the six suspects in the case. According to Vikhroli police, the trio would give fake Ayurvedic medicines in the form of powder, promising to cure the patient’s illness.
The three arrested are part of a six-member gang that approaches people outside malls, hospitals and temples and bring them to their shop at Shivaji Park
Cops have withheld the names of the arrested persons, who are from Jogeshwari, Mankhurd and Vithalwadi, as they are still looking to nab the other half of the gang, including the kingpin in the case. The police alleged that the group usually targets people outside malls, hospitals and temples, and takes them to their medicine shop in Shivaji Park.
Assistant Police Inspector Sanjay Dhonnar from Vikhroli police station said, “An FIR was registered on December 17. The complainant alleged that on December 7, when he was leaving a hospital in Vikhroli with his mother, who suffers from diabetes, the trio approached them.
They claimed that their friend had an effective medicine to improve his mother’s condition. One of them told him that his relative who suffered from diabetes was cured after using the Ayurvedic medicine.” “They operate from a shop called Samarth Ayurvedic in Shivaji Park, where they took the complainant and gave him powders,” he added.
The accused then asked him to mix the powder with coconut oil and apply to the affected area. However, when the complainant realised that there was no improvement in his mother’s health, he registered a cheating case with the police station.
Cops allege that the accused have cheated more than 10 families with the fake medicines. They have been booked under sections 420 (cheating) and 34 (acts done by several persons) of the Indian Penal Code and have been remanded in police custody.