The Prime Minister’s Air Squadron and health officials busted a drug de-addiction center operating without a valid license in Gurugram’s Sector 5 for the last three years, police officials aware of the matter said on Thursday.
Authorities said they sealed off the center and the man who ran it was arrested Wednesday. The alleged irregularities were detected in a surprise inspection based on a tip-off. The center did not have a valid registration number as per Haryana De-Addiction Centers Rules, 2010, as amended in 2018, for running a de-addiction centre. The suspect and his staff made false entries in patient records as revealed by the patients, members of the prime minister’s flight team said.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Inderjeet Yadav said they formed a team along with health officials on Tuesday and carried out a raid and arrested one of the operators at the spot. “The suspect used to charge between $10,000 and $15,000 for a normal room and between $20,000 and $30,000 for a luxury room for treatment where facilities like air conditioning and television were provided. He was deceiving people under the pretext of providing the treatment,” she said.
Yadav said 31 drug addicts were admitted to the centre, which operates without a doctor. The center’s operators often gave medications to inmates without consulting them and posed as doctors.
The suspect was identified as Vinay Rathi, a resident of Jhajjar, police said.
Harish Kumar, CM flying team inspector, said the suspects were misusing drug de-addiction centers to earn money. “The center issued false prescriptions for medicines, which were delivered at an exorbitant price,” he said.
Yadav said people with addiction to drugs, alcohol, injecting drugs, etc., were given treatment for the last three years without a doctor.
Police said that during interrogation, Rathi revealed that they were prescribing medicines after reading on the internet and what other doctors were using at the centres. “There were three partners, one was arrested and the other two have been identified but have not been arrested yet,” he said.
Yadav said that following the complaint of Keshav Sharma, deputy civil surgeon, a case was registered against Rathi, Devendra Yadav and Naresh Gehlot under sections 420 (cheating), 342 (wrongful confinement), 347 (wrongfully confines any person for the purpose to extort). , 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector 5 police station on Wednesday. “All patients were transferred to another detoxification center,” he said.