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Remdesivir blackmarketing: ‘Kingpin’ held in Panipat

Chandigarh, May 03: In a major crackdown, Haryana Police has arrested the kingpin of a racket in connection with black-marketing of Remdesivir drug, which is in high demand for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, from Panipat district.

Giving this information here today, a Haryana Police spokesperson informed that the primary probe revealed that the arrested accused used to buy injection from a Uttarakhand resident at the rate of Rs.12000 per vial and then sold the same between Rs.15000 to Rs30000.

In a shocking revelation, the accused had already carried black-marketing of 650 injections out of 750 vials brought so far. Of these, the arrested accused gave 100 injections to his nephew Sumit, 150 to Saksham, and 40 injections to Keshav for black-marketing.

The arrested accused was identified as Pardeep, a resident of Sector-13/17, Panipat.

It may be mentioned here that acting on a tip-off,  the Police on April 27, had nabbed three youths from Panipat on the charges of black-marketing of Remdesivir injection and recovered 19 vials from their possession. They were taken on police remand. During the course of the remand period, the accused revealed that they had purchased the seized vials from Pardeep, who runs a Medical Store at a Hospital located on Sanoli Road.

Based on the information, the police team immediately nabbed him and when interrogated, the accused confessed to having committed the black-marketing of the vials during this pandemic.

The accused Sumit, Saksham, and Keshav were produced before the Court on completion of the police remand and they were sent to judicial custody. The accused Pradeep has been sent on police remand of four days for interrogation.

During the investigation, it also came to light that the wrapper of the seized vials is quite different from the company’s injection and it seems that they were not original. The public is requested to beware of such gangs involved in black marketing and immediately inform the police.

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