If one had visited the Vishrambaug police station on Sunday, one could witness high drama as over 50 patients, including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Ganesh Bidkar, arrived at the police station to support the 45-year-old ‘quack’ who was arrested by the Pune police.
Following the probe by the Maharashtra Andashraddha Nirmulan Samiti, the Pune police, along with a committee comprising four practicing doctors, raided a clinic- Sanjeevani Upchar Kendra at Aparna Enterprises in Rajendranagar — and arrested Nazira Moldharia, who hails from Gujarat.
Moldharia has been running clinics in Pune, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Dombivli for a decade.
The incident came to light when medical officer from Aundh Vijaykumar Powar (45) lodged a complaint at Vishrambaug police station against her under the relevant sections of Maharashtra Medical Practitioner Act, 1961. Sub-inspector Arun Hatkar is investigating the case.
Dr Yamini Adbe, who was among the four doctors, who raided her clinic on Sunday morning around 11.30 am, said, “Nazira claimed herself to be a diabetologist. The medicines that we recovered from her clinic do not have any label. She is not a registered medical practitioner but on her visiting card she mentions herself as the same.”
Rajendra Sawant, inspector (crime) of Vishrambaug police station, said, “Nazira has no degree of a medical practitioner, she is just a graduate. She pays a visit once a month to her clinics. Her husband runs a business in Gujarat and this she claims is an ancestral medical business.”
After the news of Nazira’s arrest spread, her patients thronged the police station.
One of them was Bidkar. “From the past three years, I am regularly taking medicines from Nazira and she is a reasonable doctor. I had to take frequent insulin to keep my diabetes under control, but after taking medicines from her, I don’t need insulin anymore,” Bidkar said.
Another patient Ramesh Jagdale (name changed) said, “She has been treating us for quite sometime now and the results have been satisfactory.”
Nazira will be produced in the court of judicial magistrate (first class) on Monday.