The Gujarat government’s Food and Drugs Control Administration has arrested eight people and seized over 24,000 pregnancy termination kits. The kits are estimated to be worth over Rs 1.5 crore. The agency has also seized narcotic and psychotropic drugs that were being sold illegally.
Under the provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, these kits can be sold only on the prescription of a gynaecologist.
According to officials, the arrested accused have been booked under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, except for one who has been booked under the (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) NDPS Act as drugs were allegedly found in his possession.
Kits procured from Deesa-based agency
One of the accused Pintu Shah, a resident of Ahmedabad, was procuring the kits from the owners of a Deesa based distributing agency, and then these kits were sold online without prescription. Pintu Shah has reportedly sold around 800 such kits since 2020. The owners of the distributing agency have been identified as Lokesh Maheshwari and Vinod Maheshwari.
Forged medical prescriptions used
A statement from FDCA provides that the Deesa-based Maheshwari’s had got the kits on the basis of forged medical prescriptions from Javeri Sangala of Surat, who had got the kits from accused Rajesh Yadav, a Gujarat region sales manager of a Mumbai-based marketing company.
One of the accused, Tushar Thakkar, was found with narcotic and psychotropic drugs and has been handed over to the police who held him under the NDPS Act. Among the other accused are Nilay Vora, a marketing representative of Mumbai-based firm, Vipul Patel and Monish Panchal, with whom 700 kits were found, the statement added.
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