Two quacks arrested, medical equipment seized

Published - July 09, 2024 11:50 pm IST - TIRUPATTUR

N. Velayudham of Tirupattur was arrested for running a clinic without proper qualifications.

N. Velayudham of Tirupattur was arrested for running a clinic without proper qualifications. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Two quacks were arrested on Tuesday for providing medical treatment without professional qualifications at their respective clinics in Tirupattur and Tiruvannamalai districts.

Health officials said N. Velayudham, 52, a resident of Anganathavalasai village that comes under Tirupattur panchayat union, has been offering medical treatment without professional qualification for a decade. He has studied only till Class 10. Every day, on average, he offers treatment to 35-50 patients.

Following complaints, a special medical team, led by S. Kannagi, a health officer (Tirupattur), conducted searches and sealed his clinic and pharmacy. The team also seized medical equipment, including blood pressure apparatus, stethoscope, and syringes. The accused already has at least two cases filed against him.

A case has been registered by the Tirupattur Taluk police. Later, he was lodged at the sub-jail in Tirupattur town.

In the second incident, S. Mani, 47, a quack providing consultation in Tiruvannamalai for many years, was arrested based on a tip-off received by Collector D. Bhaskara Pandian.

He had formed a special team and conducted a surprise check at Mani’s residence in Mada Street. The team found that the accused had studied only till Class 8 and he was a previous offender.

The team seized medical equipment, used syringes, and capsules. A case was filed by the Tiruvannamalai Town police. Later, Mani was lodged at the sub-jail in the town.

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