Mucormycosis injections: Pimpri-Chinchwad police arrest two more in black marketing of the vials

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Deccan Express | Pimpri-Chinchwad police arrested two persons including a staff of the government medical college in Gulbarga in relation to black marketing of injections for mucormycosis treatment.

The police identified the two accused as Sharanbasveshwar Siddheshwar Dhamame (38) of Solapur and Rajshekhar Kasappa Bhajantri (33) of Gulbarga and said Rajshekhar worked as nursing staff in the mucormycosis division at Gulbarga Institute of Medical Science, a government college.

Last week, the police arrested five persons, including Gaurav Jagtap (31), a medical store owner in Wakad, Amol Manjrekar (39), a salesman at a medical store in Pashan, Ganesh Kotme (32), a hospital security staff in Kasba Peth, Mamta Jalit (24), a nurse at a municipal Covid care centre, and Pradeep Londhe (35), a medical store owner in Pune.

With today’s arrest, the police so far have arrested seven in the case.

Bhagyashree Yadav, Food and Drugs Administration officer lodged an FIR in the case at the Wakad police station under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. Police have slapped Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). Accused have also been booked under relevant sections of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955, and the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

According to police, these accused were allegedly selling Mucormycosis injections without prescription. They allegedly were selling vials of Liposomal Amphotericin B at Rs 21,000 against its original price of Rs 7,800. They also allegedly were selling vials of Bevacizumab at Rs 65,000 against Rs 54,000.

After the tip off, a team, led by Senior Inspector Vivek Muglikar and Sub-Inspector Deepak Kadbane, arrested sent decoy custimer and arrested Bhajantri.

The police recovered a total 14 vials of Lipsomal Amphotericin B injection and eight vials of Amphotericin B Liposom injection. The cost of these recovered vials are around Rs 1.44 lakh says the press release issued by the police on Thursday.

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