As the Central Drug Control Organisation continues to pick samples of medicines in Kashmir, a local court has directed the police to arrest those people whose names have surfaced during the course of internal inquiry into the sub-standard drug scam in the valley.
Special magistrate Muzaffar Iqbal Qureshi, who is hearing the case of sub-standard drugs, on Wednesday asked the police to arrest 15 people, apparently involved in the drugs scam. The scam surfaced earlier this month when antibiotic Maximizen was found sub-standard by drug analysts, containing zero percent medicine mentioned in it.
The crime branch has already arrested Amardeep Raina and Ashok Raina, proprietors of Life Line Pharmaco-surgicals, which supplied the sub-standard drug.
The state government has also blacklisted Life Line Pharmaco Surgical Ltd and cancelled its drug license for supplying sub-standard antibiotic medicines. Around two lakh tablets of the sub-standard drug manufactured were supplied to the hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir.
The crime branch is likely to send teams to several states to arrest the accused. The special investigation teams will be sent to Gazipur in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, Dehradun etc, where from accused used to get substandard and spurious drugs. The police sources said it expect important disclosures from the Raina brothers, who are already behind the bars. No official from the Central Purchase Committee has so far being questioned in the scam as their involvement is being investigated.
Meanwhile, a team of experts from the Central Drug Control Organisation, at present on a survey in the state, visited Mirza Afzal Gaigh Hospital in south Kashmir's Anantnag district. The team is compiling a report on spurious drugs scam and is in touch with union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. The six-member team is led by deputy drug controller, north zone, Dr K Bangarurajan.
During its three-day visit to the state, the team has picked up 40 samples of drugs from hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir regions.
Akhil Gadoo of Tomal colony, Bohri, Jammu; Amardeep Raina of Muthi, Jammu; Ashok Kumar Raina of Muthi, Jammu (Care of /Proprietors of M/S Life Line Pharmaco- Surgicals); Prem Prakash Barnwal of Uttar-Pradesh (director of M/S Sanative Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd); Manjula Barnwal (director of M/S Sanative Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd) of Uttar Pradesh; Ashok Kumar (analytical chemist of M/S Sanative) of Dehradun; Manoj Kumar Agarwal (director of M/S Sanative Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd), Patna; Rahul Kumar Singh of Dehradun, managing director, M/S Medley Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Medley House, Mumbai; Arvind Billa, proprietor of M/S Affy Parenterals, Gullerwala village of Himachal Pradesh; Vilas Bhimarao Thorat (manufacturing chemist of M/S Affy Parenterals, Gullerwala village of Himachal Pradesh; Suneet Bhardwaj, manufacturing chemist of M/S Affy Parenterals, Gullerwala village of Himachal Pradesh; Bipin Kumar, analytical chemist of M/S Affy Parenterals, Gullerwala village of Himachal Pradesh, Sanjay Mishra, manufacturing chemist of M/S Affy Parenterals, Gullerwala village of Himachal Pradesh and Suraj Enterprises.