Karachi: The doctor of death arrested
KARACHI: Medicine is a noble profession and doctors who complete their education take a solemn oath to protect lives and provide people with the appropriate treatment. But instead, Dr Masood-ur-Rehman allegedly chose to dupe innocent people into paying him millions in exchange for fake cancer treatment, which resulted in the untimely death of three patients.
The Landhi police took the so-called specialist into custody on the suspicion of providing false prescriptions to his patients. The doctor was accused of causing the death of three patients due to his malpractice.
Ahmed Yar, who was a resident of Landhi, said that he had approached Dr Rehman, also known as Dr General, to treat a relative who had been suffering from cancer. Initially, Dr Rehman demanded Rs1.2 million to perform an operation. Ultimately, Rs600,000 was paid to him, following which he provided his patient with two bottles of what he claimed was medicine.
The doctor instructed Ahmed Yar to give the patient a regular dosage of the medicine and assured that the cancer would recede in a matter of time. However, the patient’s condition deteriorated after he started taking the ‘medication’ and a short while later fell unconscious and ultimately died.
Following his relative’s death, Ahmed Yar tried to contact Dr General, but the latter was untraceable. He later claimed he was in Lahore.
But Ahmed Yar’s relative was not the only one to fall victim to Dr Rehman’s malpractice. Jauhar Majeed’s brother had been suffering from cancer and no cure was in sight until he heard of Dr Rehman.
Once he established contact with his patient, Dr Rehman called the men to a place in the Landhi area and agreed to provide treatment in exchange for Rs300,000. The doctor then prescribed medicines to Majeed’s brother.
As instructed, Majeed would give his brother the prescribed dose, but instead of curing the ailment, the medicine made the patient vomit. Worried, Majeed called Dr Rehman, who informed him that the side-effects would go away in a day or so. However, Majeed’s brother did not live beyond the next day.
Dr General’s third victim was Mohammad Hussain’s brother who was also suffering from cancer. Hussain was called to Karachi where he would be given the necessary medicine to ‘treat’ his brother. He was asked to buy books worth Rs60,000 and Dr Rehman settled at Rs100,000 in exchange for the treatment.
The same medicine bottles were given to Mohammad Hussain, which he took to Lahore and started giving his ailing brother the prescribed dose. Sadly, the patient only lasted for three days under this medication.
SHO Mazhar Awan said that separate cases had been reported against Dr Rehman for malpractice and the police had started calling him to trace his whereabouts.
Cunningly, the SHO called the doctor and pretended to be a cancer patient. When Dr Rehman told SHO Awan to reach a spot near the Landhi Fire Station, the police conducted a raid and apprehended the suspect.
During interrogations, it was discovered the Dr Rehman had some fake degrees in his possession and played with the lives of innocent people.
Moreover, the doctor would frequently change his voice in an effort to fool his patients. In reality, he had no nurse or receptionist.