A DAY after busting a gang which was operating unregistered ambulances in Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), the police on Friday impounded three more ambulances which were allegedly being operated without any registration.
According to the police officials of Sector 11, three persons, identified as Arun, Suleiman and Avtaar Singh, were arrested on Thursday for operating unregistered ambulances.
Police sources said that after impounding the ambulances, they were now probing whether these vehicles were being used for smuggling liquor. The PGI authorities on Friday ordered an internal inquiry to investigate the unregistered ambulance racket.
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A senior PGI official said an investigation would be conducted by senior PGI security officer to know if there was any involvement of any security guard or any other worker with the accused persons. “The inquiry may take 10-15 days to complete,” the official said.
Sources said all the security personnel of the institute were briefed about the issue and had been directed to remain vigilant.
A senior official from the hospital administration said that soon all the NGOs which are providing free ambulance services at the hospital would be called for discussions.
“They will be asked to display the contact numbers and other details in front of mortuary and other areas,” said the official. “We are taking steps to prevent such incidents at the hospital.”