Pvt pharma firm’s official held in fake blood plasma case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Jun 27, 2016 11:17 IST
The seized artificial plasma blood stock in Behman Dewana village Bathinda. (HT File Photo)

The counter intelligence (CI) wing of Punjab police has arrested Mumbai based pharmaceutical firm’s employee Zahir Vohra, in connection with recovery of huge quantity of fake blood plasma here on June 14.

Vohra, who had come to join the investigation in connection with the case, in which five people have already been arrested, was arrested after police did not find his replies proper.

Assistant inspector general of CI wing Ajay Maluja said that Vohra had joined the investigation on Saturday but he did not answer the questions properly and found his intention malafide so he has been arrested under section 420 (cheating) and 120 B IPC (criminal conspiracy) and also under drugs and cosmetics act. The police would also be bringing the file from the private firm related to the blood plasma for further investigation.

Maluja said that Vohra, who is the marketing manager of the plasma wing of the company, had signed the agreement with main accused Dilbagh Singh for supplying the blood plasma to his firm but it has been found that Vohra is not an authorized signatory of the firm which indicates foul play at his part also.

“In addition to this the papers recovered from accused Dilbagh Singh have stamps of Gujarat and Vohra is also a resident of Ahmedabad. Some other evidences have also emerged against Vohra. He said that police would be scrutinising the bank accounts of Vohra.

The recovery of 21,752 pouches of alleged fake blood plasma from a truck having refrigeration facility near village Behman Dewana on June 13 had come as a shocker. The police have already arrested five persons in this connection who are in judicial custody.

The arrested are Dilbagh Singh, head lab technician in a medical college, his associate Paramjit Singh, another Paramjit Singh, also a lab technician in a private hospital and his brother Narinder Singh and Lal Bahadur Singha, a truck driver.

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