Cops ignore complaint against clinic, baby dies

Medical council sought its closure back in February

The Delhi Medical Council had written to the local police in February to shut down a Kapashera clinic, where a two-month-old infant died earlier this week. The infant died after being allegedly treated by a quack.

“We had received complaints that the clinic was being illegally run. On February 18, we had written to the Delhi Police to immediately shut down the clinic. However, no action was taken,” said Dr Anil Bansal, chairperson of the anti-quackery cell, Delhi Medical Council (DMC). 

The infant – Ashish Rai – was allegedly given two injections and medicines by one Satyendar Mukhia when he was taken to the clinic on Tuesday morning. Mukhia had claimed to be a doctor.

After some time, the child started crying uncontrollably and his body suddenly went still in the afternoon.

Rai was declared dead by doctors when he was taken to Safdarjung Hospital.
“We had notified police about the clinic being run by R N Biswas. This was among 15 other clinics against which DMC had sought action,” added Bansal.

“The compounder has been arrested. He has been booked under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (causing death due to negligence). The doctor who runs the clinic was not present at the time of incident. Further investigation is on,” said a senior police officer.  

Earlier, Delhi Police had informed the High Court that a ‘proactive approach’ of the medical bodies were required to tackle the menace of growing quacks in the city.
Delhi Police had also notified all the SHOs to be alert of any such activities in their jurisdiction.

The High Court issued an order to DMC, Bharatiya Chikitsha Parishad, Delhi Dental Council, Board of Homeopathic Medicine to frame uniform guidelines to curb quackery.
Setting up fast-track courts and conducting raids more regularly are likely to feature in the fresh set of guidelines.

“During the last two raids on May 9 and 19, we have investigated 49 quacks. Most of these quacks are from the areas of Wazirpur and Ashok Vihar. We are planning to launch massive awareness campaigns against quacks in both print and electronic media soon,” said Bansal.

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