Ahmedabad: Nursing staff sells leftover remdesivir injections to blackmarketers; four arrested
Ahmedabad: There seems to be no end to the fraud, cheating and theft even in times of pandemic. In a fresh case, four persons have been arrested by Ramol police in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat for allegedly selling remdesivir injections at high prices.The anti-viral injections were being sold at high prices of Rs 40,000 each. Police said one of the accused got the injections from a nursing staff at a hospital and sold it to another accused for Rs 26,000. The other accused finally sold the drugs at Rs 40,000 each to desperate families of the COVID patients, according to a report in Times of India.According to police, the nursing staff got leftover remdesivir injections from patients who died during treatment or when patients no longer needed them.Cops say that protocol requires nursing staff to hand over leftover injections back to the hospital. However, other nursing staff steal the injections and sell them in the black market. Police said they are also probing the involvement of other medical staff in the racket."Four vials of remdesivir were seized from the accused. They were selling the anti-viral injections at a much higher price than its maximum retail price (MR)," the report quoted inspector K S Dave from Ramol police station as saying. RELATED NEWS Gurugram: Police busts gang selling Remdesivir injections in black market, 3 held Oxygen concentrators, Remdesivir imports exempted from IGST temporarily The police action came following a tip-off that two men identified as Shashank Jaiswal and Neel Jaiswal were moving with the drugs on Monday. The two accused works with a chemist shop. During the questioning, the accused told police that a medical store owner identified as Vikas Ajmera asked them to procure remdesivir injections from his friend who lives in Akbarnagar.Later, police arrested Ajmera and his friend. All four accused have been booked under sections 420 (cheating), 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 114 (Abettor present when offence is committed) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The accused have also been booked under the Essential Commodities Act and the Disaster Management Act.