The black market of ‘remedicivir’; Filed two more offenses
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 Artillery and MIDC police in the city for allegedly 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 are working as trainee doctors at Kakasaheb Mhaske Medical College, police said.
Crime Branch Inspector Anil Katke had received information that Remedesivir injections were being sold on the black market. Accordingly, squads were deployed under the leadership of Assistant Inspectors Somnath Divate and Mithun Ghuge. Remedesivir 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 showed readiness to provide an injection at a cost of Rs 27,000. The squad then arrested him.
A polypharma injection, Scorpio (MH 14 DT 9323) and a mobile worth Rs 7 lakh 12,400 were seized from him. Kohla had got the injection from Mahesh Mate while Mate had got it from Magar and Shinde. The main facilitator of this gang is Magar. According to him, Magar and Shinde are absconding.
Seize two injections
In another incident, the crime branch again approached Bhagwat Budhwant through a fake customer. He offered to provide injections for Rs 32,000, after which the team seized two injections from Sunpharma and Cipla from 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 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 using remedicivir.