Pune crime: Compounder who posed as doctor held

Man was found administering medicines to patients at clinic in Wadgaon Sheri, sans necessary qualifications

The Yerawada police have arrested a 34-year-old man who claimed to be a doctor and practiced ‘medicine’ at a clinic in Wadgaon Sheri. The arrest was made after a team of two doctors from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health department panel visited the clinic on Friday and found the accused treating patients.

Police treatment: Yerawada police officials registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC and two sections of the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act against the bogus doctor. Pic/Mohan Patil

The accused has been identified as Shankar Suryanarayan Thakur (34), a resident of Tempo Chowk in Wadgaon Sheri, who is a native of Bihar. Police said Thakur is a Std XII passout and has been residing in Pune for the last 10 years.

According to the cops, Thakur has previously worked at three reputed hospitals in the city as a compounder and was also earlier working at a hospital in Delhi. At the time of arrest, he was employed at Dr Anup clinic, situated in Tempo chowk in Wadgaon Sheri, which is run by Dr Chorye, said police.

PMC’s medical officer
Dr Rekha Umesh Galande (40) has lodged the FIR against Thakur. He has been charged under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 33(2) (prohibition of medical practice by persons not registered) and 33(a) (unregistered persons not to hold certain appointments) of the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act.

The Yerawada police took Thakur into custody on Monday. Investigating officer, Police Sub-inspector R B Lokhande, from Yerawada police station, said, “A couple of citizens had complained via emails about Thakur to the PMC’s assistant health chief Dr Sanjeev Vavare. Accordingly, the PMC’s panel raided the clinic on Friday evening and verified the complaints. Thakur was found administering injection and some medicines to a woman, Mangal Jagtap, even though he was not certified by the Maharashtra Medical Council to do so.”

“Thakur was working at Anup Clinic for the past two years. Dr Chorye used to go home between 2 and 5 pm daily, and in these hours, Thakur used to tend to patients. He was found giving medicines, injections and saline solution to several patients. We are in the process of recording Dr Chorye’s statement to find out whether he was aware of the Thakur’s
illegal practice,” added PSI Lokhande.

“We have taken Thakur into custody for two days. We want to ascertain how many patients have been treated by Thakur during his stay in Pune and whether any other persons were also involved in this offence,” Lokhande said.

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