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7 held for illegally importing Remdesivir from B’desh

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The crime branch is investigating a case in which Remdesivir injections were illegally imported from Bangladesh and sold at a high price in Gujarat.

The Crime Branch arrested seven people in connection with the case. 

 

Among those arrested are a Bangladeshi national as well as a husband-wife duo who runs a company Nilkanth Elixir in the city.

Food and drug control inspector with the Ahmedabad zone 2, Ashish Baseta, has filed a complaint against the seven people.

The seven arrested have been identified as Vaishali Goyani, her husband Parth Goyani, Suresh Soni, Shekhar Androja, Sandeep Mathukiya, Yash Mathukia and Shabbir.

The latter is a  Bangladeshi national.

The food and drug control department laid a trap after they got a complaint about the Remdesivir injections being sold at exorbitant prices.

How a trap was laid

An official of the department posed as a customer and approached Sandeep Mathukiya for the medicine. 

In a telephone call, Mathukiya promised to deliver two injections. 

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He sent his cousin Yash to deliver the two injections near Katargam road in Surat.

He charged the dummy customer Rs36,000 for the two injections.

Yash was nabbed and he led the investigators to Sandeep.

The actual MRP mentioned in Bangladeshi currency on the Remdesivir injection had been scratched out. 

A Tocilizumab injection from Switzerland was also found in his possession.

Yash told investigators that his brother Sandeep procured the injection from one one Nilkanth Elixir.

The business operated out of Siddhi Vinayak Tower in Makarba in Ahmedabad.

The Ahmedabad link for Remdesivir 

Cops raided the office and arrested the owner Parth, his wife Vaishali and their friends Shekhar. 

They also found two batches of Remdesivir injection from the office. 

Parth said that he bought the injections from Shabbir, a Bangladeshi national. 

Probe also revealed that while Parth’s company had the permission to sell the medicines, he did not have the requisite permission to buy them. He also did not have the mandatory import licence to procure medicines from other countries. 

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