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4 held from Ahmedabad for black-marketing of Remdesivir in Surat


The Surat police nabbed four more people in connection with the black-marketing of Remdesivir, Tocilizumab injections in Surat. The injections are used in the treatment of COVID-19 (Surat Latest News)

Earlier the Food and Drug Control Department in Gujarat had blown the lid off a scam in Surat in which the injections were being sold at exorbitant prices. 


A complaint was registered with the Umra police station in this connection. (Surat Latest News). The four new arrests from Ahmedabad are in connection with the same case.

It should be noted that as COVID-19 cases began to rise there was a shortage of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab injections leading to many people stocking it illegally and selling it at a high price. 

How Remdesivir injections black-marketing occurred

The Food and Drug Department had through a dummy customer caught many people connected to the illegal sale of the drug. Cops had initially nabbed owner of Shanti Medicines, Mitul Shah who revealed the name of his partner, Ghanshyam Vyas. 

Ghanshyam worked at Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad on contract and was a friend of Mitul. The two came in touch with each other five years ago when both worked in the pharma sector.

Mitul knew Uma Saket Kejriwal, the owner of Sarthak Pharma who operated from a cellar in Vesu hall and Adajan. He put Uma in touch with Ghanshyam. 

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Uma sourced three injections worth Rs1.5 lakh from Ghanshyam in Ahmedabad. He gave the money to Mitul and couriered the injections to Uma’s shop in Surat who in turn sold the injection worth Rs50,000 for Rs57,000 each. 

The police nabbed Ghanshyam Shah working with Civil Hospital and one who is believed to be the mastermind behind the scam on Tuesday. Cops also arrested Amit Machramani, Abhishek Tikamani and Bhavesh Solanki from Ahmedabad in connection with the case. 

Bhavesh is the owner of Dhruvi Distributors in Ahmedabad.

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