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COVID-19 Hospital Bed Scam: Three arrested for selling Bed for ₹1.2 lakh at Private Hospital

One of the accused is an Arogya Mitra


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The Central division police reported a case of bed-blocking at a private hospital and also arrested three people, one of whom is an Arogya Mitra, for allegedly extorting ₹1.20 lakh from the relatives of a COVID-19 patient who later passed away due to the Chinese Virus.

According to the police officials, the patient, Laxmidevamma, recently admitted to a private hospital in Nelamangala, However, her condition worsened, and she required an ICU bed urgently. “She was taken to People Tree hospital near Jalahalli Cross-Goraguntepalya only to be told that no bed was available at the moment. While her son was desperately trying to get a bed, two hospital employees – cardiac technician Venkata Subbarao and marketing executive Manjunath Chandru approached him and offered a bed at M.S. Ramaiah hospital for a certain price,” stated a police officer.

Working with the third accused, Punith, who is an Arogya Mitra in M.S. Ramaiah Hospital, they demanded ₹1.20 lakh from the ailing woman’s son. He transferred ₹50,000 through Google Pay and ₹70,000 in cash after which the patient was allotted a bed in M.S. Ramaiah hospital. However, Laxmidevamma died just a few hours later on April 29.

The incident came to light when the family called 112, the emergency number.


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