Three quacks held in Torangal (Bellary district)
Complaints lodged against three more suspected fake doctors
Raids conducted following several complaints of fake doctors practising in and around Torangal
Raids carried out in other parts of State as well
BELLARY: In a crackdown on quacks led by Veerabhadrappa, Registrar of the Karnataka Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Siddha, Unani and Yoga Practitioners' Board, three medical practitioners at Torangal of Sandur taluk in the district, alleged to be possessing fake certificates, were caught and handed over to the local police on Saturday. Complaints have been lodged against three more suspected quacks in Torangal, who were alleged to be absconding.
Based on complaints of several persons indulging in medical practice with fake certificates, Dr. Veerabhadrappa, with the support of the police, raided several clinics near Toranagal Railway Station and in Torangal village.
According to official sources, one Sandip Kumar (27) from Jharkhand, who had opened a clinic on the busy Railway Station Road, was questioned by the authorities. He showed a certificate issued by the Alternative Medicine and Research Centre, New Delhi, affiliated to the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, New Delhi, and International Open University of the U.S. Dr. Veerabhadrappa seized the certificate as he found it to be fake and asked the police to take him into custody.
S. Srinivasulu from Dhone in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh was another medical practitioner at Torangal to have held for possessing fake certificates.
One certificate produced by him stated that he was a member of the Grameena Vaidyula Sanskhema Sangham of Dhone in Andhra Pradesh. Another certificate produced by him had been issued by one K.V. Manidhar stating that Mr. Srinivasulu had worked as a doctor for six years. As the news about the raid spread, several such quacks in and around Torangal downed the shutters of their clinics and fled the place to avoid getting arrested.
Ajit Kumar, brother of Mr. Sandip Kumar, was also taken into custody on Saturday for allegedly practising medicine with fake certificates.
All the three were later handed over to the Toranagal police for further action.
Dr. Veerbhadrappa told The Hindu that following many complaints of several quacks practising all over the State, the Government had passed an order to put an end to such practices and protect the health of people. The order had empowered the Registrar of the Karnataka Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Siddha, Unani and Yoga Practitioners' Board, who has the jurisdiction over the entire State, the District Ayush Officers and District Health and Family Welfare Officers, to check medical practitioners within their respective jurisdictions and initiate action against fake doctors.
According to Dr. Veerbhadrappa, several raids have been conducted in Bangalore, Gangavati in Koppal district and Bagalkot among other places, and many quacks had been identified, handed over to respective police stations and complaints lodged against them.
The police would deal sternly with those found guilty of practising medicine with fake certificates.
The raids would continue, he said.