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On Friday, Mumbai Police crime branch conducted raids at five places across the western suburbs and arrested five people for allegedly practicing medicine and running dispensaries without valid degrees. The police said that all the accused were operating the clinics without proper medical knowledge.
Akbar Pathan, deputy commissioner of police (crime branch) said that before conducting the raids, they had sent informers as patients to these clinics to verify if the information received about doctors operating without valid degrees is true. After getting a confirmation from them, they conducted raids and arrested the five accused.
Two of the accused — Ramkumar Mishra, 52; and Swapankumar Mandal, 49 — operated their clinics in Vile Parle (West), while the third accused, 32-year-old Hanif Agharia, ran a clinic at Patel compound in Versova. The Oshiwara police has registered a case against him. Two other accused — Tukaram Bhiva Thorat, 52; and Aziz Shaikh, 42 — were lifted from their clinics in Malwani area of Malad (West). Thorat used to run the ‘Sheetal Clinic’ and Shaikh had named his dispensary as ‘Mother and Childcare Clinic’.
The five have been arrested under sections 419 (Punishment for cheating by personation) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing the delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code, and applicable sections of the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act.
In the last three months, 14 fake doctors are been arrested from across the city for practicing without valid licenses.
Source: Hindustan Times