Vijayawada: It looks there is no end to quack menace in the country. In a fresh case, a 15-year-old boy lost his life following a 'brain-enhancing' treatment by a quack. The victim has been identified as Haranath, a resident of Kadapa who was studying in class 10.
The incident occurred at a private lodge in Governorpet area of Vijaywada district in Andhra Pradesh. The accused quack identified as Bhumeswara Rao had claimed he had treatment for various ailments.
According to a report, the accused has been arrested by the police and charged with culpable homicide. Three other children allegedly treated by the accused have been admitted to a hospital.
Police said they are not sure whether the student died of alleged treatment or due to some other illness as he complained of stomach-ache before his death.
Eleven families brought their kids for the 'brain-enhancing' treatment by Rao at Gangotri lodge. Some of them came from Bengaluru, Telangana, Kadapa and Bellary.
The families came to know about the 'treatment' through Youtube videos posted by Rao.
The report suggests that the boy was taken to Rao after he was not able to focus on his studies. He also complained of severe stomach pain.
Rao used to make children stay at the lodge for 15 days and made to take a pill every hour. The boy collapsed and died the next day while sitting on a chair. The accused continued to massage the body of the student despite his parents telling him that the student has died.
The boy's body has been shifted to Vijayawada Government Hospital for autopsy. Police say the accused doesn't have any degree to practice any kind of medicine. Police have also recorded statements of the parents of the kids lodged at the so-called treatment site.
On September 30, police arrested a quack with allegedly fake qualifications who was also running a clinic with purportedly fraudulent registration number in Deoband police station area.
According to the police, the accused, identified as Om Pal Sharma, was running a clinic -'Shivam Nursing Home' without genuine qualification for the last ten years. The accused was also registered in 'Ayushman Bharat Yojana'.