Bengaluru: Police arrest social worker, nephew for role in alleged bed blocking scam

The Bengaluru police Tuesday arrested a social employee and her nephew for his or her function within the alleged fraud and irregularity within the allotment of beds in return for cash from Covid-19 sufferers within the metropolis. The police additionally suspect the duo to have contacts with the BBMP warfare room workers.

In accordance with Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Harish Pandey, the accused have been recognized as Nethravathy (40), a social employee, and Rohith Kumar (22), her nephew after a sting operation was performed. “Our workforce approached them for beds posing as family of a COVID-19 affected person. We then realised that the duo, from Begur, would cost between Rs 20,000 and Rs 40,000 after understanding the monetary standing of the individual in search of a mattress,” Pandey stated.

Explaining their modus operandi, Pandey added, “The accused had been circulating WhatsApp messages providing assist to sufferers and their family to search out beds. They could have had contacts within the BBMP warfare room which offers with mattress allotment as effectively to get their work completed,” Pandey highlighted. The police, in the meantime, are additionally taking a look at a chance the place the accused might need had contacts with the non-public hospital community within the metropolis.

“A case has been registered in Jayanagar police station for fraud and dishonest allegedly dedicated in allotment of beds on BBMP portal for Covid sufferers. The case has been handed over to the Central Crime Department for an in depth and in-depth investigation,” Bengaluru Metropolis Police Commissioner Kamal Pant confirmed.

Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan stated that folks discovered allotting beds for cash could be arrested beneath the Goonda Act.

“The general public can name 112 and lodge complaints about such practices. The extortion of cash from Covid sufferers is not going to be tolerated. Nodal officers from the police division can be deployed to oversee such points,” he stated.

The event comes after Bangalore South BJP MP Tejasvi Surya and MLAs Satish Reddy, Ravi Subramanya, and Uday Garudachar alleged that there was “widespread corruption” in allocating Covid beds in Karnataka’s capital metropolis.

In the meantime, Karnataka reported 44,631 new infections because the lively caseload spiked to 4,64,363. With 20,870 new circumstances, the variety of lively circumstances in Bengaluru City is over 3.01 lakh. On the similar time, 292 extra fatalities throughout the state (132 in Bengaluru City alone) had been linked to Covid-19 by the Division of Well being and Household Welfare Providers on Tuesday, because the cumulative demise toll rose to 16,538.

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