After the recovery of over 21,000 packets of suspected fake blood plasma and arrest of five people in this connection by Punjab Police on Monday, it has emerged that it was the second attempt by the accused to supply the Mumbai based firm the blood plasma.
The interrogation of the accused has revealed that fake plasma in about 22,000 pouches was destroyed by the same accused in May. The accused had to destroy the product after the quality control wing of the private pharmaceutical firm did not find the product of appropriate quality.
According to the police, a person named Zahir Vohra, deputed as marketing manager of plasma wing of the firm, on May 27-28 along with persons of quality control wing of the firm had visited Bathinda.
A contract to supply the blood plasma to the firm was inked by Vohra on behalf of the firm with now arrested accused Dilbagh Singh.
The firm’s quality control wing, however, had rejected the product forcing the accused to destroy the same. But the accused used the same pouches to supply the new consignment which was seized on Monday by the police.
Meanwhile, a local court on Tuesday sent all five accused arrested to police custody till June 17.
Assistant inspector general of counter-intelligence wing of Punjab police Ajay Maluja said that the wing would also question the representatives of the pharmaceutical company to which accused had to supply the product.
Maluja said that out of contract of total `1.25 crore for supply of 21,752 pouches of blood plasma to the firm, `62.50 lakh was already paid to Dilbagh as an advance money. He said that it would be clear only after the questioning of private firm’s persons that why the earlier consignment was not cleared by the firm.
The police would also be focusing to know why did not the police were informed by the firm if the earlier consignment of plasma was also fake.