DINDIGUL/DHARMAPURI: A total of 12 quacks were arrested in Dharmapuri while three of them went underground in Dindigul district during a raid conducted in both places on Sunday.
Three quacks reportedly went underground following a raid by officials at Natham in Dindigul district.
Medical authorities after receiving a flurry of complaints conducted a verification and found that around 40 quacks were active in different parts of the district. They submitted a report to the higher authorities recently. Acting on the report, a team, led by Dr Ravikala, Joint Director of Dindigul Government Hospital, conducted a surprise raid in Iyyampalayam and traced a clinic run by a quack. But before the team could enter, the quack closed the clinic and fled the spot.
The team during the drive raided another clinic owned by Madhavan of Manakattur village. Meanwhile, another quack Muthusamy, a homeopath of the same village, too vanished on learning about the raid.
Vanitha, owner of a medical shop, which did not have a qualified pharmacist, at Adhikaripatti village, was grilled by the team for giving allopathic treatment to locals. The medical team seized stethoscope, injection sets and other equipment from the shop and obtained a statement from her.
The Joint Director said that the Drug Inspector would verify the medicines and initiate necessary action.
Similarly, in Dharmapuri district, twelve quacks were arrested on a single day on Sunday during a massive drive by the police.
Homeopath Held for Theft Bid
Coimbatore: A 54-year-old quack was caught while attempting to steal 27 books on homeopathy from a public library at Town Hall here on Saturday. Police said that librarian Kalyani noticed one S Dhanasekar (54), trying to steal books. She alerted the police who arrived and arrested him. Inquiry confirmed that he was a quack.