Storekeeper of govt hospital arrested for demanding bribe

first_imgKolkata: A staffer of a state-run hospital in the city has been arrested for allegedly demanding bribe from a patient’s family for completing the paperwork required for providing a free stent for a life saving operation, police said today.The family’s ordeal continued for three months after 23-year-old Amit Mandal was admitted to the hospital on January 25 as the requisite procedure for getting a free stent dragged on for over 90 days. The patient, who was suffering from brain aneurysm, a bulging blood vessel in the brain, died on April 27. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPalash Dutta, the storekeeper at the Bangur Institute of Neurosciences (BIN), had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 3 lakh from Mandals family for completing the paperwork required for getting a sanction for the stent, costing Rs 7 lakh. A stent is given free to patients being treated in government hospitals in the state. But if the device costs more than Rs 4 lakh, the file has to be forwarded to the ‘Swastha Bhavan’ for its clearance.The accused was arrested late Saturday night after Mandals father had lodged a complaint with the hospital and the police on April 27, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said.As per the fathers complaint, Dutta had not forwarded the papers to the Swastha Bhavan. The father also said in his complaint that Dutta had abused and assaulted the patients mother when she had visited his chamber at the BIN.last_img read more

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50 held for cheating in govt exam

first_imgKolkata: Fifty examinees were arrested for allegedly cheating in a competitive examination held on Sunday in several colleges of South Kolkata. Several mobile phones and other gadgets were seized from their possession.According to the police, there was a competitive examination on Sunday for recruitment of peons in the courts of South 24-Parganas, which was held at several colleges of South Kolkata. While entering the examination hall, examinees were checked but nothing suspicious was found. During examination, invigilators and some magistrates present at the examination hall smelled foulplay as the behaviour of some examinees were found to be suspicious. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen the magistrates ordered invigilators to search their bodies, several bluetooth devices, mobiles phones and other gadgets were found. Sources informed that the examinees had somehow managed to click a photo of the question paper and sent it to some persons outside. Later, the same persons were prompting them answers over phone. Around 50 examinees were arrested on Sunday for cheating, by Gariahat, Ballygunj, Jadavpur, Rabindra Sarobar, Netaji Nagar, Behala, Parnasree and Thakurpukur police stations. Sleuths suspect there might be a gang behind the cheating. Some examinees confessed that their family members and close friends were helping them but investigators refused to believe their statements as the method used was technologically advanced.last_img read more

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