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Authorities take action following sting against doctors

Authorities in Uttar Pradesh have initiated a probe against one of two doctors from the state named in a sting operation for allegedly agreeing to amputate the limbs of beggars while another doctor has been questioned by police in the national capital.

Ghaziabad/New Delhi, July 30: Authorities in
Uttar Pradesh have initiated a probe against one of two
doctors from the state named in a sting operation for
allegedly agreeing to amputate the limbs of beggars while
another doctor has been questioned by police in the national
capital.

Ghaziabad District Magistrate M K S Sundaram said the
Chief Medical Officer of the state-run MMG Hospital has been
asked to conduct a probe against Ajay Kumar Aggarwal, one of
three doctors named in the expose by a private news channel yesterday, and
submit a report within three days. Agarwal has been
untraceable since the channel aired the expose yesterday.

In New Delhi, police detained and questioned P K
Bansal, who runs a clinic in the old Rajinder Nagar area, in
connection with the expose. Bansal has denied all the
allegations against him.

The third doctor, Arvind Agarwal, who is the secretary
of the Orthopaedic Association of Bareilly, is also
untraceable.

The channel claimed its sting operation had exposed the
nexus "between the beggar mafia and doctors". It said the
beggar mafia deliberately maims people to make them beg.

Sanjeev Malik, the outgoing president of the Indian
Medical Association, said the three doctors' membership of the
body would be revoked. He described their alleged actions as
"barbarous".

A large group of people gathered outside Ajay
Agarwal's home at Nehrunagar in Ghaziabad and staged a protest
this morning.

Special Superintendent of Police Piyush Mordia said
police would wait for the outcome of the probe against Ajay
Agarwal before taking any action against the doctor.

District Magistrate Sundaram said, "we have taken this
matter very seriously and strict action will be taken if
anyone is found guilty of an unlawful act."

The channel aired secretly filmed footage showing the
doctors purportedly agreeing to amputate the healthy limbs of
reporters posing as prospective beggars. Arvind Agarwal was
shown allegedly accepting money from the reporters, and the
doctors claimed they could perform the amputations for as
little as Rs 10,000.

Bureau Report

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