NSA to be slapped on three Remdesivir hoarders in Kanpur

  • | Saturday | 17th April, 2021

KANPUR: The Kanpur Nagar police will invoke the provisions of stringent National Security Act (NSA) against three persons arrested while carrying 265 Remdesivir injection vials on Thursday. “The state government has instructed police to act tough against people who are black-marketing Covid-19 medicines,” said a senior official at the city police commissionerate. 

KANPUR: The Kanpur Nagar police will invoke the provisions of stringent National Security Act (NSA) against three persons arrested while carrying 265 Remdesivir injection vials on Thursday. “The state government has instructed police to act tough against people who are black-marketing Covid-19 medicines,” said a senior official at the city police commissionerate. 

“It’s a crime against humanity and we will invoke NSA against the three persons arrested with Remdesivir injections on Thursday,” police commissioner Asim Arun told TOI on Friday and added that no illegal activity would be tolerated in this time of crisis and would invite strictest punishment.

He said that the state government was fully committed to facilitating easy availability of vials and other Covid-related medicines to its people. Meanwhile, the STF sources said that their sleuths have been trying to crack the nexus to curb black- marketing of Covid vials. There were inputs that of the 265 Remdesivir injection vials were supposed to be supplied to local medicine dealers, besides Haryana resident Sachin Kumar.
 

“We are zeroing in on the local pharma distributors, and expecting an early breakthrough. It also came to fore that the injections were sent to Kanpur local Mohan Soni by one Apoorva Mukherjee of West Bengal, who is associated with a pharma company. As Mohan was supposed to take back his Rs one lakh from Apoorva, the latter instead had sent him vials against the cash,” the senior police official added. 

To recall, the Kanpur unit of Special Task Force (STF) had on Thursday arrested three people with 265 Remdesivir injections meant for sale in blackmarket.  Ramdesivir is a key medicine, used in the treatment of coronavirus. Taking advantage of the shortage, some people have been selling the medication at high prices.  DCP South Raveena Tyagi had stated that one Prashant Shukla of Naubasta’s Pashupati Nagar and Baktauri Purwa resident Mohan Soni were initially arrested.


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