The Rachakonda police arrested the director of Venus Hospital at Hyderabad's LB Nagar area, for allegedly supplying adulterated blood, mixed with saline, to patients.
The police had raided the blood bank on Sunday, and seized several samples, which they sent for laboratory tests.
The Deccan Chronicle reported that the accused have been identified as hospital director Vakati Chakravarthy, (42), manager Chepuri Shravan, (29), and a technician named Bandi Prem Kumar, (24).
The DC report adds that the accused confessed to the crime after they were taken into custody.
Meanwhile, other reports add that this was not the only violation found at the blood bank.
The New Indian Express reported that the Red Blood Cell (RBC) units sold by the blood bank to a patient were reportedly broken (Haemolysed), which made it unfit for transfusion.
‚ÄúNormally, when saline is mixed with Red Blood Cells (RBC), there are chances of haemolysis of RBCs. When haemolysed RBCs are transfused, a patient may develop fevers, chills and tachycardia,‚ÄĚ Dr Sukesh Kumar, head of Blood Bank at Aware Gleneagles Global Hospitals told TNIE.
The entire incident had come to light, after a patient was referred to the blood bank Global Hospitals, and allegedly sold the adulterated blood.
The patient's family had bought two packets at Rs 3,000 each but doctors at the hospital refused to infuse it to the patient, after they found that the blood was adulterated.
Following this, a police complaint was filed, and officials seized packets of the allegedly adulterated blood from the bank.
The police said that the adulterated samples had 60% blood and 40% saline.
The accused were booked under Sections 420 (cheating), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide if such act causes hurt to any person), 272 (adulteration of food or drink intended for sale) and 273 (sale of noxious food or drink) of the IPC.
The police said that an investigation is underway to ascertain how long the blood bank had been violating health safety and selling adulterated blood.
The accused were remanded to custody on Monday.