Five men, including Dr, detained for drug theft


New Delhi, October 23 (UNI) The criminal branch of the Delhi police on Saturday arrested five men, including an MBBS doctor from ESIC, for involvement in the theft of drugs from ESIC clinics in Delhi.

The criminal branch arrested ESIC officials who were allegedly involved in the theft of drugs for delivery to ESIC clinics in Delhi. Two men were arrested in the act with a large cache of drugs bearing ESI stamps. One of the accused arrested is a pharmacist on duty at ESIC, Okhla. The mastermind Dr Avinash Saini was arrested at ESIC Kalkaji, said Rajesh Deo, DCP, Crime branch, Delhi.

The five accused were identified as Chandra Prakash (33) residing in Faridabad in Haryana, Praveen Mangla (40) residing in Badarpur in Delhi, Sumesh Rathi (52) in Kalkaji Extn in Delhi, Ankit Mishra (23) in Faridabad in Haryana and Avinash Saini (41) from Gautam Budh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.

Police have received reports that ESIC officials are involved in the theft of drugs for delivery to ESIC clinics in Delhi.

Acting on this entrance, the police took action and Prakash and Praveen were caught red-handed near Badarpur while delivering the illegally purchased drugs to the ESI dispensary. A large cache of high value drugs bearing ESI stamps was recovered from the accused, Deo said.

During the investigation, the drug stock report was obtained from the ESI Okhla and Tigri dispensary. The recovered drugs were delivered to the ESIC card holder, the card holders were located and interviewed and it was revealed that some of the members had not visited the dispensaries, and some of them surrendered but they suffered from illnesses different from those prescribed drugs. It was also found that Parkash was in contact with Dr Avinash on Whatsapp and he suggested to the doctor the name of an expensive drug (life saving drugs) for prescription on the card of the patient whose demand was in the market. The same drugs were intended by the doctor on the beneficiary cards of the ESIC, said DCP Deo.


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