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After patient dies during treatment, doctor tries to burn his body to destroy the evidence

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(NaturalNews) A doctor in India has been arrested after he attempted to secretly burn the body of a patient who had died under his care. Preliminary charges have been filed against him for murder and destroying evidence.

The incident took place in the southern city of Hyderabad, at a private clinic run by someone claiming to be a registered medical practitioner, or RMP (hereinafter referred to as "the doctor," since media reports differ about his name). Khaja Nayeemuddin, a 45-year-old, regular patient at the clinic, came in with minor complaints.

"Apparently he was having back pain and fever," said senior Hyderabad police officer, T. Sudhakar.

According to media reports, the doctor injected Nayeemuddin with an intravenous cocktail of drugs including Buscopan, Diazeapem, and Lorizeapem. But the dose was too high, and the painkillers killed Nayeemuddin within minutes.

Suspicious locals foil attempt to destroy body

"As soon as he was given the injections he fell unconscious and died," Sudhakar said.

"Nayimuddin developed complications and fell unconscious. Minutes after being administered the injection, the patient died in the clinic itself."

The doctor immediately closed up his practice and waited until dark. He then allegedly wrapped Nayeemuddin's body up, loaded it onto his motorcycle and drove it to an isolated part of town. He then doused the body with gasoline and set it on fire.

"The RMP took the dead body on his bike to an isolated place at Shatamrai locality and tried to burn it after pouring petrol over it," Sudhakar said.

Media reports differ about exactly how the doctor was discovered. Some reports say that locals noticed the thick smoke and strong smell and went over to investigate. The doctor then panicked and tried to escape, but the locals detained him and called the police.

According to other reports, the doctor lost his balance shortly after loading the body onto his motorcycle, and fell over. He then asked two passersby for help loading the "bundle" back on. When they asked what he was carrying wrapped up in a bed sheet, he said it was just scrap. But the passersby became suspicious and followed him; when they saw him trying to light the bundle on fire, they called the police.

Cracking down on deadly quackery

Under Indian law, RMPs are not permitted to prescribe or dispense drugs. Instead, they are only meant to administer first aid and refer people to actual doctors. That means that the "doctor" in this case was actually practicing without a license.

But a police investigation following his arrest turned up an even more shocking fact: the man was not even an RMP at all. He was a hospital technician who had used a color photocopier to forge a degree certificate. He had been operating the clinic for a year.

The incident has spurred a citywide crackdown on medical "quacks." In a series of surprise inspections across the Old City, police turned up 111 people practicing without proper licenses. This included 59 RMPs, 48 medical practitioners, two people with only bachelor's degrees in electrohomeopathy, two with only certificates in homeopathy, and one with no degree or certificates at all, who was practicing as a dentist.

Authorities noted that where these people went wrong was in prescribing "allopathic" (Western) medicines, thereby exceeding the scope of their licenses and certificates.

"Upon coming to know about the raids, several quacks have locked their clinics and ran away," authorities said. "We will continue the crackdown ... against the quacks playing with the lives of people."

The problem of quacks is not one limited to Hyderabad. Earlier in November, no fewer than 14 people in the western state of Maharashtra lost sight in at least one eye after shoddy cataract surgeries.

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