Hyderabad: Banjara Hills police have booked the management of Century Hospital after gold jewellery of a 73 old patient, who died of COVID 19, was stolen. Police have registered a case under section 379 of IPC.

B Indira Devi, a resident of Koti was admitted to Century Hospital, Banjara Hills on July 23 after she tested positive for COVID. On July 25 morning, she succumbed to the infection.

The family alleged that she was wearing diamond ear tops with a small gold chain attached to each ear and a gold ring.

The family said the hospital took out her gold chain and bangles at the time of admission. However, they couldn’t take out the diamond ear tops and the gold ring because she was very sick.

“I couldn’t even pay last respects to her and had to watch the funeral on a video call. After her death, we asked the hospital authorities to check for her ornaments. They couldn’t find the ornaments, but they agreed that she was wearing these items at the time of admission,” said Uday Prakash Belde, son of the deceased.

The family said hospital authorities are saying they are investigating the issue. “The hospital coordinator said that he has informed the local police station. Since the hospital owners are a part of my extended family, they are trying their best to track the thief. The hospital team is investigating this issue for a week and I am in touch with them. As these are memories of my mother, I also want to complain about the incident from my end,” said Uday.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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