The Union government has sought a report from the West Bengal government over the fake COVID-19 vaccination camps that were held in the state. The Centre has asked the state government to probe the incidents and submit a report to it within two days.
The development comes after Trinamool Congress MP from Jadavpur, Mimi Chakraborty, became a victim of such a fake vaccination camp that was organised in the Kasba area of south Kolkata. She became suspicious after she did not receive the vaccination message after taking the jab and alerted the cops.
The cops eventually busted the fake vaccination camp and arrested Debanjan Deb, the man allegedly responsible for organising the fake camp. According to the police, Deb posed as an IAS officer and a joint municipal commissioner of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC). The police said that Deb had no permission to organise the camp.
“I had got an invite to the camp, where I was told members of the third gender will also be inoculated. When I did not receive the message after my vaccination, I immediately stopped the entire process at the camp and informed the police,” Chakraborty said.
Murder charge against accused
Debanjan Deb may now be charged with attempt to murder—a charge called for by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who instructed the Kolkata Police Commissioner to hunt down all involved. Three others have been arrested as well – two for forging signatures to open bank accounts, and a third for taking an active part in the vaccination camps.
Police have also filed three additional cases – for cheating people of almost Rs 1 crore. Pointing to photos of Deb with Trinamool leaders, the opposition BJP has called for a CBI probe.
Union health secretary writes to West Bengal chief secretary
Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to Hari Krishna Dwivedi, the chief secretary of West Bengal, seeking a factual report on the matter. Bhushan referred to a letter written to Union health minister Harsh Vardhan by BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on June 25 in which attention has been drawn to the instances of COVID-19 vaccination camps organised allegedly by unauthorised people.
It was also pointed out that in some of these camps, and notably in the Kasba locality of Kolkata, none of the beneficiaries have received any vaccination certificates generated from Co-WIN, giving rise to apprehensions about the genuineness of these vaccination camps, Bhushan said in his letter. He said as per the guidelines, all vaccination sessions for COVID-19 have to be organised through the Co-WIN portal and all vaccinations too have to be recorded on Co-WIN.
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