Pradip Biswas, a matriculate dismissed from the state health department in 1984, was running an institute on alternative medicine for the past 20 years, till his luck ran out and he was arrested on Monday, along with an accomplice. On Tuesday, three other accomplices were arrested by detective department sleuths.
Based on a complaint by Prasanta Pramanik, joint secretary, department of health, the sleuths raided four institutes engaged in teaching alternative medicine and issuing certificates to ‘qualifiers’, who paid through their nose to get a fake medical degree. The owners of all these ‘medical colleges’ were arrested. The institutes — the Medical College of Alternative Medicine at Entally, Teresa College of Alternative Medicine, Institute of Alternative Medicine and the Sealdah College of Alternative Medicine in Muchipara — were sealed on Tuesday. Biswas’ four accomplices — Udaynarayan Bera, Tanusree Biswas, Badal Kumar Shee and Dipankar Bhattacharya — were also picked up and have been remanded in police custody. Several documents were seized during the prolonged raids over the past two days.
“We had prepared a report on the activities of such institutes issuing fake degrees for a hefty fee. On the basis of the report submitted to the health department, Pramanik later lodged a complaint with the police,” said Soumen Mitra, deputy commissioner of police (detective department). Biswas had succeeded in evading arrest for several years and even managed to get stay orders a number of times from lower courts and the high court as well.