Fake swine flu drugs racket operating out of hospitals

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2015 10:10 IST

The investigations into the fake swine flu medicine racket that was unearthed in Rajender Park have revealed that the main accused Charan Singh Yadav used to sell drugs in many hospitals in the area and nearby remote villages.

His modus operandi was to hire young women from the same area and organise special health camps with their help and also go door-to-door to sell fake drugs.

The police teams raided the residence of the accused in Bijwasan in Delhi and have recovered the vials, which he used to repack from there, said the police officials. On Sunday, the Gurgaon police had arrested Yadav for administering fake swine flu medicine to the residents of Rajender Park from his counter in Radha Krishan Hospital in the area. The police seized around 49 vials from the bags of the women he had hired.

Acting on a tip-off, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) team, along with the Rajender Park police, raided the hospital and arrested Yadav, who confessed to the police that he would charge Rs. 60 for children and Rs. 80 for adults. The ‘medicine’ was kept in small glass vials that had labels mentioning chicken pox and swine flu.

According to preliminary investigations, the accused was providing the medicine under the name of an NGO, Brilliant Welfare Society, registered in Uttam Nagar, Delhi. The members of the NGO have been called to the police station on Tuesday, said the police.

Kumar added that Yadav would stick labels of a homeopathy company on small glass vials and went around hospitals showing a fake letter to convince the people. Till now, he has already given the medicine in RK Hospital, Nand Hospital, Sarthak hospital, Chetna Hospital and Sohni Hospital in Rajender Park.

“The owner of RK Hospital, Rakesh Kumar, apparently had given space for the social cause and was not aware that this man was providing fake swine flu medicine,” said Kumar.

The Gurgaon police are also investigating the role of these hospitals and their staff. “We need to understand on what basis these hospitals gave the accused the space to run his business. The accused had been selling the medicine for the past three months in Delhi and Gurgaon,” said Surender Singh, Station House officer, Rajender Place, Gurgaon.

On Sunday, the accused was taken into five days police custody after being produced to the duty magistrate.

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