Pune News: Pune City police arrested five people for selling the vials of remdesivir drug at black market, for nearly 9-16 times that of the original price. Pune City police has been regularly cracking down on those who are trying to sell the highly demanded drug used in COVID-19 infected patients’ treatments.
The recent arrests on Thursday however are not the first and Maharashtra’s Crime Branch already had made five to six arrests previously and confiscated up to seven vials of Remdesivir medicines. And, all the arrests made, are with the help of drug inspectors from Foods and Drugs Administration.
As many as 10 police teams from Pune City police are on active duty to prevent the highly demanded COVID-19treatment medicine from going on sale into the black market for unfair prices. The medicine is being sold at such unfair prices as it is high demand due to high infection rate in Maharashtra.
Police had regularly arrested people based on the tip-offs given by unanimous people, in one such incident an accused named Rohidas Gore who tried to sell the drug for Rs.10,000. He was arrested by the police using a decoy customer in Wagholi, Pune. Police recovered two vials from him.
In yet another unanimous tip-off, police arrested four men Mohammed Pathan, Imtiyaz Ajmeri, Ashwin Solanki and Parvez Shaikh at Nagar area, trying to sell Remdesivir at Rs.18,000 for each vial. Police recovered two vials. The arrest took place only on Thursday by Unit 4 of Crime Branch.
And, earlier police arrested a hospital medical assistant trying to sell the drug five times of the capped price. Police also arrested one another hospital staff and a nurse in connection to these arrests. Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta assured police will continue to remain vigilante to prevent this and urged people to report if they witness it.