The Delhi Police have arrested three persons for allegedly being involved in selling spurious medicines and seized drugs worth Rs 40 lakh from them.
Police said the 23 types of medicines seized from the accused are meant to be used by the CGHS, MCD, ESI and DGAFMS hospitals and dispensaries.
"The racketeers may have stamped spurious medicines with names of different government agencies, so that people mistake them as genuine and purchase them," Ashok Chand, DCP (crime) said.
The police have taken up the issue with the government agencies concerned to ascertain if these medicines containing their stamps are siphoned off from their hospitals or not.
A chemist identified as Krishan Gopal, 42, and his manager Anuj Jain, 32, were the first to be arrested. They were apprehended from Bhagirath Place.
"Later, Pawan Gupta, 34, who sold the medicines to Gopal and Jain, was arrested from Agra. Gupta's brother Piyush and Vicky, allegedly involved in the racket, are absconding," Chand said.
An official of a pharma company, who was with the raiding party, told the police that 45 ampoules of seized 'Susten 100' injections were spurious.
While medicines worth R8 lakh were seized from Gopal's shop, drugs worth R32 lakh were recovered from Gupta's shop in Agra. "The drugs seized are being checked by the drug controller," Chand said.
Gopal, owner of a chemist shop, started selling fake medicines 10 years ago. Jain is his manager for the past two years.