Two persons, including a lab assistant of AIIMS hospital, have been arrested for allegedly demanding Rs 5 lakh from a Covid patient to get bed in Safdarjung hospital. The accused, who are siblings, allegedly cheated the patient.
DCP (Rohini) Pranav Tayal said the accused have been identified as Pankaj Kumar and his sister RamKavalpreet Kaur.
Pankaj was working at AIIMS hospital in a Haematology lab and currently is in police custody. “We received a complaint in their Covid helpline in which complainant Haripal Kumar alleged two persons took Rs 2.8 lakh from him for providing admission to his wife in Safdarjung hospital. On the basis of his complaint, an FIR was registered and police started their investigation. Police found they got the contact details of Pankaj, who asked them to give Rs 5 lakh for the admission. He later sent a phone number of his sister Kaur and informed them that she would help them to get admission,” he said.
Tayal said Haripal’s son was in touch with her, but she got admitted without their reference at Safdarjung Hospital. “After admission, they started claiming that she was admitted because of them and started demanding Rs 5 lakh and his son gave Rs 2.8 lakh as advance payment. After taking money, both of them went to Himachal Pradesh from where they have been arrested,” he added.