Hospital staff pocket Covid victim’s debit cards to steal 8.7l, inmates | Coimbatore News
Police identified them as Atul Chgogai, 55, from Anipur and Raj Panging, 31, from Lakhipathar, Assam.
The victim, K Yasodha, 52, wife of M Krishnasamy of KTS Nagar at Gobichettipalayam in Erode, was admitted to Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH) with symptoms of Covid. She died on May 4, 2021.
After Yasodha’s death, the family did not receive any of her belongings, including her handbag, from the hospital, said Krishnasamy, who on Thursday filed a complaint with the police’s special sub-inspector. Peelamedu Survey Wing, Jaishankar. “My wife had kept two debit cards in her purse to cover medical expenses. After learning that the cards were missing, I approached Gobichettipalayam branch of Union Bank of India and City Union Bank branch in Gobichettipalayam to verify the account details. I have come to know that 4,82,710 was withdrawn from Union Bank of India account between Dec 20, 2021 and March 24, 2022. 3.85 lakh was withdrawn from City Union Bank account,” Krishnasamy said .
When he approached the hospital, seeking information on staff working in the Covid ward, hospital management said that contract staff from Infra Cleaning Services were deployed there.
Based on Krishnasamy’s complaint, the police registered a case under Sections 379 (punishment for theft) and 420 (deceit and dishonest inducement to deliver goods) of the Indian Penal Code and arrested the duo, who were working to the hospital.
“The duo withdrew 8,67,710 and sent part of the amount to their families in Assam and spent the rest of the money. They have been taken into custody and held in Coimbatore Central Jail,” Peelamedu Investigations Section Police Inspector Amutha said.