Hyderabad: Days after refusing to hand over the body of a COVID 19 victim to his kin, Deccan hospital allegedly detained an advocate and forced him to pay Rs 3 lakh though he was tested negative.

Sridhar Singh, from Vijay Nagar Colony, has approached police and lodged a complaint against the hospital.

Officials of Punjagutta police station said that they are verifying the allegations and collecting evidence. Based on the findings, they would proceed against the hospital, the police said.

The 55-year-old advocate told the police that he was admitted to Deccan Hospital, Somajiguda on July 29 after he complained of fever and weakness.

After admission, his nasal and throat swabs were taken for COVID 19 testing. He tested negative, but the hospital authorities did not discharge him. He also stated that he was kept in the COVID 19 ward, along with other positive patients.

Singh said all the while, he was put through a lot of mental trauma. At the time of discharge, he was charged Rs 3.60 lakh. Though he had paid Rs 3 lakh, they did not allow him to leave the hospital and demanded Rs 60,000.

He said the hospital authorities did not provide him the RTPCR report initially. It was only after he persisted that they gave him the report. Singh alleged that with an intention to extract money, the hospital authorities kept him in the Corona ward.

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