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Trainee doctors and staff arrested

Black market of ‘remedicivir’; Filed two more cases

Nagar: Although the distribution of Remedesivir injections required for the treatment of coronary heart disease continues under the control of the district administration, its black market has not stopped. The police investigation has found that the injections distributed by the district administration are being sold on the black market by the hospital staff and trainee doctors. Meanwhile, two separate cases have been registered with the city artillery and MIDC police on charges of selling Remedesivir on the black market. The action was taken by the crime branch of the police.

In two separate operations by the crime branch, two gangs were found to be black-marketing remedivir injections. Hemant Dattatraya Kohak (21, near Sunpharma School, Bolhegaon, Nagar) has been arrested while Mahesh Dashrath Mate (resident of Barbade Vasti, Tapovan Road, Nagar), Pradip Maruti Magar and Amar Shinde (both residents) have been arrested. A case has been registered against the four.

Bhagwat Madhukar Budhwant (20, Adarsh ​​Colony, Bolhegaon) and Aditya Babasaheb Mhaske (21, Mataji Nagar, MIDC) have been arrested in the case. Both Budhwant and Mhaske were working as trainee doctors at Kakasaheb Mhaske Medical College, police said.

Crime Branch Inspector Anil Katke had received information that Remedesivir injection was being sold on the black market. Accordingly, squads were deployed under the leadership of Assistant Inspectors Somnath Divate and Mithun Ghuge. Remadesivir injection was demanded by contacting a fake customer on a mobile number received. This number belonged to Hemant Kohak. He called for an injection near Tarde Hospital on Balikashram Road and expressed readiness to provide injection at a cost of Rs. 27,000. The squad then arrested him.

A polypharma injection, a Scorpio (MH14DT9323) and a mobile worth Rs 7 lakh 12,400 were seized from him. Kohkala got the injection from Mahesh Mate while Mate got it from Magar and Shinde. The main leader of this group is Magar. According to him, Magar and Shinde are absconding.

Two injections seized

In another incident, the crime branch again approached Bhagwat Budhwant through a fake client. He offered to provide the injection for Rs 32,000, after which the team seized two injections from Sunpharma and Cipla from both Budhwant and Mhaske. It was made available to them by Ankit Kalika Maurya (resident of Gurukrupa Colony, MIDC). Maurya is a valuable fugitive.

Disposal of injections on the black market

Even before the Bhingar camp,

Kotwali and Tofkhana police stations have registered cases of selling ‘remedivir’ on the black market. It has been concluded that only the hospital staff was involved in these crimes. According to police, hospital staff were selling the remaining injections on the black market in the event of the death of a patient who was taking remedivir.

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