Eight members of a gang have been arrested on charges of duping people coming to hospitals to get their relatives treated.
Police said the accused had been picked up late on Monday from a guesthouse in Mukundapur, which has a cluster of private hospitals.
One of the youths was from Jaipur and the rest were from Motihari in Bihar.
The police said they had received several complaints from relatives of patients admitted to various Bypass hospitals, alleging that they had been cheated by some youths.
“The gang members would pretend to be good Samaritans while introducing themselves to a patient’s relatives and offer to stand in a queue for them at a hospital,” said an officer.
“The members would then advise them not to keep their money in the open but to keep it wrapped in cloth. The accused would even offer the relatives pieces of cloth. They used to carry fake notes covered in similar cloth pieces. While talking to a patient’s relative, they would deftly exchange the bundle in the relative’s bag containing money with the one containing fake notes.”
At times, the accused would take money from a patient’s relative with the promise of fixing an appointment with a doctor and then disappear, the police said.
The gang, the sleuths claimed, also duped several people who had come to deposit money in banks but were unaware of the procedure.
Several hospitals Metro spoke to — including Medica, Vision Care, RN Tagore and Desun — said many patients had verbally complained of being fleeced by a gang.