Ayurveda drugs not good enough? It could be fake!

Two held for selling spurious drugs to the elderly

Bengaluru: The sleuths of the fraud and misappropriation squad of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) have arrested two men who were allegedly cheating an elderly people by selling fake Ayurveda medicines.

The arrested have been identified as Rohit, 20, and Durgappa, 49, both residents of Mathikere and natives of Gokak taluk in Belagavi. The main accused of the case, Shivananda, and his associate Virupaksha are absconding and the police are on the lookout for them. Fake medicines were seized from those arrested. According to the police, they collected information about these four people that they approached elderly people who visited clinics and those going for morning walk in parks. They spoke to them and got details about their health problems. Later, they convinced them that their health would improve if they take Ayurveda medicines. Based on this information, the police raided Tulasi Ayurvedic medicine shop in Wilson Garden 13th Cross and arrested the duo, who was selling fake medicines.

“Shivananda and Virupaksha had not studied Ayurveda nor did they have any valid licence to sell Ayurveda products. But Shivananda used to pose as Ayurveda doctor, while Virupaksha used to claim he was Ayurveda Pandit. The accused had several other clinics in other parts of the city and they were running the business from the last five years. Shivananda and Virupaksha were arrested earlier in 2012 on same charges and cases were registered against them in Koramangala and Ashokanagar police stations. After coming out on bail, they continued their business in other parts of the city,” the police said.

“The accused used to charge Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh for fake medicine. There are reports that the fake medicines which the patients took had adverse effect on their health,” the police added. Wilson Garden police have registered a case and launched investigation.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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