GURUGRAM: Police constituted a five-member special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the international smuggling racket of medicines, including drugs for treating Covid-19 patients, operating from Gurugram. The medicines were smuggled to Iraq from India.
A second pharmacist was arrested from Delhi on Saturday. The SIT will be headed by ACP Karan Goyal and it will have one inspector, two sub-inspectors and cops from cyber police station. The SIT will investigate the involvement of people associated with the gang and how this gang was operating to smuggle medicine out of India. The Delhi pharmacist is also accused of supplying medicine, including Ramdesivir, to the gang.
“The pharmacist has been detained and we are trying to find those associated with the gang,” said ACP Karan Goyal. Police did not reveal the name of the pharmacist arrested from Delhi.
Earlier, a pharmacist, Pradeep Kumar, who runs a medical store in Jharsa, was arrested for supplying Remdesivir to the smugglers. The manufacturer can only supply this drug to hospitals designated as Covid-19 treatment centres and it cannot be supplied in the open market.
Four Iraqi nationals and one woman from Uzbekistan have already been from sectors 57 and 46 in Gurugram. Around 63 kinds of medicine were recovered from the possession of the Iraqi nationals. Most of the drugs were procured from Delhi-NCR and some of the injections, which are also used as narcotics, were procured from Kolkata. The foreign nationals were staying in Gurugram without proper documents and working as translators for the patients travelling from Iraq for treatment in Delhi-NCR.