Hyderabad: The Rachakonda police arrested a nursing student for sedating an old couple by injecting them with an unknown chemical saying it was COVID-19 vaccine.

The police took the student into custody and recovered 80 grams of gold jewellery she had stolen from the couple.

The incident took place at Lalitha Nagar in Meerpet on Saturday evening. The victims were identified as 80-year-old K. Laxman, a retired State Election Commission employee, and his wife Kasturi, 70.

According to the Meerpet police, Anusha (21), a resident of Meerpet, is studying auxiliary nurse-midwifery (ANM) corse at a private medical college in the city. She and her husband stayed in Laxman's house as tenants. On Saturday, she came to Laxman's house and met Kasturi.

According to the complainant, Anusha asked Kasturi if she was interested in taking the COVID-19 vaccine. She said she could get it as she worked as a nurse. The victim agreed and Anusha injected two doses of the "vaccine" to the couple. She told them they would feel drowsy when the vaccine takes effect.

The couple gained consciousness around two hours later and found their gold jewellery, including the woman's mangalsutra, gold ring, earrings, and toe rings, were missing. They lodged a complaint with the Meerpet police on Saturday night.

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