Jabalpur VHP chief booked for selling over 1 lakh fake remdesivir injections, Congress demands CBI probe

Jabalpur Police has booked the local VHP leader along with two others in a fake remdesivir scam case in which they sold over 1 lakh fake injections.

Jabalpur Police has booked the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president of the outfit’s Narmada division along with two others in a fake remdesivir scam case in which over one lakh fake injections were sold to hapless people trying to save their loved ones during the pandemic.

“The accused have been identified as Sarabjeet Singh Mockha, Devender Chaurasia and Swapan Jain, who have been booked under Sections 274, 275, 308 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code along with relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act and the Drugs and Cosmetics Act,” said Jabalpur Additional SP Rohit Kashwani.

Sarabjeet Singh Mockha, who is the president of the Jabalpur VHP, also owns the City Hospital. Devendra Chaurasia works as his manager while Swapan Jain handles dealerships of pharma companies. While Swapan Jain has been arrested by the Surat Police, Mokha and Chaurasia are still absconding.

According to top sources, Mockha was in touch with the son of a top minister in the government and had got 500 fake remdesivir injections from Indore and sold them to patients at his hospital for Rs 35000-40000.

The Congress has meanwhile demanded a CBI enquiry into the fake remdesivir racket in which over one lakh such injections produced using salt and glucose were sold through a network of touts across the country.

“The CBI should investigate this multi-state scam. 3,000 such injections reached Indore, 3,500 reached Jabalpur. Who all were administered with these injections? If the CBI does not investigate, we will go to the court,” Congress Rajya Sabha member Vivek Tankha said in a tweet tagging the official handle of the CBI.

The Indore Police has meanwhile slapped the National Security Act (NSA) on six of the 11 people who have been arrested so far.

The Vijay Nagar Police in Indore swung into action after a tip off from the Surat Police and a constable was sent as a decoy customer to one of the accused who sold several remdesivir injections bearing the same batch number 246039 A.

The police are now claiming that it is looking for those who were administered these fake injections even as a youth had approached it claiming he had purchased the injections for the parents of his friend who passed away last week.

Several people have approached the Jabalpur Police with such claims and the same are being verified.

Gujarat Police had unearthed the scam earlier and arrested two people from a farm house near Surat where over one lakh fake remdesivir injections were allegedly made from salt and glucose.

Source: India Today


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