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Ahmedabad Crime Branch busts fake remdesivir state-wide racket in Gujarat

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Monday, May 3, 2021, 14:30 Hrs  [IST]

In yet another case of sale of fake remdesivir injections in parts of Gujarat, a state-wide racket involving sale of a compound of glucose and salt filled into a glass vial-labelled with a reputed pharma company was busted by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch.

The offenders will face penal actions under Section 308 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for attempt to commit culpable homicide. There is also a provision of 2 years of imprisonment for violation of disaster management act, which is enforced in the state in the ongoing pandemic.

The Crime Branch conducted raids at places in Morbi, Surat and Ahmedabad and seized 3,371 vials of the injection valuing Rs. 1.61 crore at the market rate of approximately Rs. 4,500 each, and Rs. 90.27 lakh in cash, which the accused had allegedly earned by selling the fake injections.

According to police officials, the accused allegedly sourced the empty vials from Mumbai, pasted the fake brand labels on the vials before filling them with 33 gms of glucose-salt compound at a factory in Vapi. The police has also sealed the factory, where the packaging of the vials was taking place in Surat district.

The packaged injection vials used to be then sent to parts of Gujarat for sale. Patients were charged between Rs. 2,500 and Rs. 5,000 and even more and sold through select network.

The Ahmedabad Crime Branch has so far booked 8 persons in this connection of which seven have been arrested, a government statement said. Cases of black-marketing and illegal hoarding have also been reported from different places of Gujarat.


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