Three folks, together with a health care provider working in a Delhi hospital, have been arrested in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida for allegedly promoting Remdesivir injections at black market charges to needy folks amid COVID-19 disaster, officers mentioned.
Senior police official (Crime) Abhishek Singh mentioned the accused have been held with three vials of Remdesivir by officers of the Crime Branch and Sector 24 police stations following a tip-off on Thursday.
“Those held have been identified as Mujibur Rahman, Hamza and Dr. Imam, who says he works in the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in Delhi. Hamza runs a money transfer shop in Ghaziabad, while Mujibur Rahman works at a pharmacy in Noida,” the officer mentioned.
The trio would purchase again unused Remdesivir injections from individuals who had purchased the essential drug for COVID-19 sufferers of their household or amongst recognized ones from open market or hospitals at low-cost charges after which promote it within the black market, he mentioned.
“They would then sell it to needy people at the rate of Rs 35,000 per vial and share the profit among themselves. So far, they have sold around a dozen injections,” Singh mentioned.
The accused are being additional interrogated and different particulars being gathered from them, he added.
Police mentioned they’ve impounded a Maruti Brezza being utilized by the trio and seized their cell phones and three vials of Remdesivir.
An FIR has been lodged towards them and authorized proceedings initiated, they added.
Around half a dozen folks have been arrested in Noida and Greater Noida during the last 10 days for alleged black advertising of Remdesivir towards its regular pricing which doesn’t transcend Rs 3,500. The antiviral treatment will not be simply out there in open market amid a surge in its demand as a result of coronavirus pandemic.