Kolkata: A fake doctor was arrested from New Town in North 24 Parganas late on Sunday night.
A police officer said that they went to the chamber of the fake doctor Bhavani Shankar Agarwal after receiving a complaint that he claims himself to be an MBBS doctor but does not have any valid registration.
They found many patients sitting in the chamber of the doctor when they went there last night. They took the doctor with them to the police station where he faced several questions of the investigating officers.
The fake doctor had failed to give satisfactory answers to the questions of the police and he was subsequently arrested.
The police have also seized several documents from his chamber. The police officer said that they found MBBS printed on the prescription of Bhavani.
A few days ago, a youth went to the doctor as he was suffering from certain illness. The behaviour of the doctor led to the youth's suspicion. On Sunday evening, he once again went to the doctor and asked him to show his certificates which proved whether he really has the degree.
But the doctor failed to show him any valid documents. Subsequently, he went to the police station and lodged a complaint against the doctor.
Police said that the accused is a resident of Chinmoy Dey Road in Howrah and he had been practicing in the chamber at New Town for the past few years. Many locals used to visit the doctor's chamber but he never let anyone understand that he didn't have a MBBS degree.
It may be recalled that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had initiated a probe in connection with the fake doctors case and had arrested many such fake doctors even some of them had practiced in well know private hospitals in the city.
Soon after the CID arrested some of them, common people had started providing information about fake doctors in their areas. Subsequently, the police took necessary steps against the fake doctors.
In both North and South Bengal districts, doctors who had been practicing without any valid certificates were arrested. Some of them had managed to get fake certificates against money from certain organisations and started prescribing medicines to people in different parts of the state while some had been using registration numbers of some other doctors.
Some had even claimed of undergoing online courses to become doctors and such arguments had left the police shocked.
The CID officers are still working on the issue and taking several steps so that the menace can be completely uprooted.