The special operation group (SOG) of Valsad police caught Bruck Pharma’s technical director, from Daman, along with an associate from Vapi, allegedly selling Remdesivir in the black market. About 18 vials of the injections were seized from them.
The police received an alert about the associate, Varun Kundra, selling Remdesivir injection at a higher price than available in the market. The police then approached Kundra posing as a customer and bought one injection at the cost of Rs 12,000. Kundra was later caught when he came to deliver the injection. A total of 12 vials were found in his possession.
Further investigations revealed that Kundra was given the vials by Manish Singh, the technical director, at Daman.
Singh was then called on the pretext of more customers demanding the injections and caught red handed. He was found to be in possession of six vials.
The accused were arrested under the charges of 420 (cheating), 114 of the Epidemic Disease Act and other relevant sections of the Essential Commodity Act.
On April 18, the police had also questioned Bruck Pharma director, Rajesh Dokania, when they were alerted that at least 60,000 Remdesivir vials were being exported via air cargo, even though there was a ban on the export of the drug.