The medicine you buy from your neighbourhood chemist to get back to health may actually be making you worse. Unearthing a major racket of fake medicines, crime branch of Delhi police has seized spurious medicines worth Rs 24 lakh and sealed a factory in Faridabad.
The police have arrested three members of a gang involved in manufacturing of fake medicines from this factory for the past seven months. Police said one of the accused, who holds a degree in pharmacy from a reputed college in Rajasthan, was in this business for 10 years.
The team seized spurious medicines such as Voveran (pain killer), Pan-40 (for gastric acidity), Taxim.O (antibiotic), Zentel (for intestinal worms), Ceftum 250 (antibiotic) and Ceftum 500 (antibiotic) in large quantities.
“Numerous small rubber stamps to mark medicine packets with date of manufacture, batch number, MRP and expiry date were also seized along with aluminium foil rolls used to pack medicines,” DCP (crime) Ashok Chand said.
The arrested were identified as Daya Shankar Misra (55), Dinesh Sahu (52) and Moti Lal. This gang also procured spurious medicines from Sanjiv Garg and Sunil Sharma, who are absconding.
Police said the arrested trio also had links with a Gurgaon-based doctor who was arrested in 2009 for selling fake Viagra.
To make fake medicines the gang had procured three machines — a blister packing machine, a compressor machine and one shrink pack machine — worth Rs 30 lakh.
Police said Misra is the main man and his interrogation is important for more arrest(s). But Misra is currently in hospital as he had complained of chest pain soon after his arrest.
“Misra and Dinesh Sahu sold these spurious medicines through one Ram Ashish in West Bengal, Mannu in Patna, Mandeep Kumar in Ranchi, and Mohammed and one Kiran in Hyderabad. All of them are absconding,” Chand added.
All these medicines are sent to other states by courier and private transport.
In Delhi, these medicines find their way into Bhagirath Place through their associate, identified as Kamal. Police are now probing who all bought these medicines from Bhagirath Place.
Police said according to rough estimates the gang has managed to supply spurious medicines worth R8 crore in Delhi and other states in the past five years.
The gang also supplied spurious Stemetil (antiemetic), Augmentin (antibiotic), Ocid (antacid), Methergine Postpartum (bleeding inhibitor), Omez (antacid) and fake Viagra into the markets during these past five years.