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Doctor held for selling diluted blood in Telangana; 2 others arrested

On being confronted, the accused took the problem lightly by saying diluting blood is common practice.

The Special Operations Team (SOT), Rachakonda arrested three people, one of whom is a doctor, on Saturday for running a blood dilution racket. Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat revealed that the doctor, who is an anaesthetician, owns Venus Blood Bank where the scam was conducted. Along with the doctor, the manager of the blood bank Sravan and a technician named Kumar were taken into custody. Five packs of white blood cells and seven bottles of NS Sterile were recovered from the blood bank. Read: Can you donate blood if you have hypertension?

The trio was booked under IPC 420 (cheating), 308 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 272 (Adulteration of food or drink intended for sale) and 273 (sale of noxious food or drink). The action has been taken on the basis of the complaint given by one Mr Ram Reddy whose relative and accident victim Narasimha Reddy was admitted to Global Hospital, Byramalguda. LB Nagar inspector P Venkateshwarlu told The Times News Network that the fraud was unearthed when the family bought two packets of blood from Venus Blood Bank after making a payment of Rs 3,000. The hospital doctors noticed that the blood procured from the bank was in fact diluted. So they informed the family that it was risky to administer the diluted blood to the accident victim. Read: Can you donate blood if you have hepatitis?

The family was left in a fix, trying to procure the right blood type in a short span of time. They approached the blood bank to inform them about the diluted blood. But to their surprise, the technician Kumar at Venus Blood Bank made light of the situation by saying such practices were quite common while he was confronted. The response shocked the family who promptly lodged a police complaint. Kumar was soon arrested and he admitted diluting the blood with NS Sterile or saline. Read: Can you donate blood if you are anaemic?

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