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Updated Jun 10, 2021 | 16:25 IST
The group was involved in the alleged black-marketing of two Mucormycosis injections - Liposomal Amphotericin B and Bevacizumab (Representative Image).
The group was involved in the alleged black-marketing of two Mucormycosis injections - Liposomal Amphotericin B and Bevacizumab (Representative Image).  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
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  • Five persons were nabbed in Pune for allegedly black-marketing Mucormycosis drugs
  • The accused were allegedly selling the vials of Liposomal Amphotericin B at an exorbitant price.

Pune: Five persons have been arrested by Pune's Pimpri-Chinchwad police in an alleged case of black-marketing of a Mucormycosis drugs. Among the five held, two are medical shop owners, one is a pharmacy salesman, and one is a nurse at a COVID care centre.

The group was involved in the alleged black-marketing of two Mucormycosis injections - Liposomal Amphotericin B and Bevacizumab.

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Following a tip-off received by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sudhir Hiremath, a probe was initiated by a team from the Crime Branch of Pimpri-Chinchwad police. After verifying the input received from informants, a decoy customer was made to get in touch with the suspects.

The investigation disclosed that the vials of Liposomal Amphotericin B were sold by the suspects at Rs 21,000 while the actual price of the anti-fungal drug is Rs 7,800. The same pricing technique was followed in the case of Bevacizumab as well. It was sold at Rs 65,000 even as its market price is Rs 54,000. The suspects had allegedly illegally procured the injections and were selling them without any prescription, The Indian Express reported. 

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Initially, the Pimpri-Chinchwad police arrested Gaurav Jagtap, who is a medical store owner in Wakad. The police further identified the other three accused involved in the procurement and sale of Liposomal Amphotericin B vials. The three accused were identified as Amol Manjrekar, Ganesh Kotme and Mamta Jalit. Manjrekar works as a salesman at a medical store in Pashan, Kotme is employed as a bouncer at a hospital in Kasba Pet and Jalit works as a nurse at a municipal COVID care centre.

After interrogating the accused, the crime branch arrested Pradeep Londhe, who is also a medical store owner selling Bevacizumab in the black market.

All the accused were booked under provisions of the Essential Commodities Act. On Tuesday, they were produced before a court and were remanded to police custody for four days.

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