Gang sells drugs meant for hospitals, busted

Medicines worth Rs 12 lakh seized in raid

Five persons, including two ex-servicemen contributory health scheme employees, have been arrested for illegally selling medicines meant for government hospitals in the capital, police said on Thursday.

Huge quantity of medicines worth more than Rs 12 lakh have been seized from Neeraj Kumar, Sachin Gupta, Hari Shankar, Harinath Gupta and Ramvir Singh. The gang was busted after Neeraj and Sachin were held in Rohini sector 24 on Monday.

The recovered medicines are from ECHS hospitals, Northern Railway Hospital, Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) hospitals and Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital.

“The accused managed to supply medicines worth more than Rs 50 lakh in Delhi and other states in the past three years approximately. Some of the medicines are very expensive,” said S B S Tyagi, deputy commissioner of police (crime and railways). Harinath and Ramvir were working with ECHS polyclinic on Lodhi Road as clerk and pharmacist respectively since 2010.

“They were employed on contract basis at a salary below Rs 10,000 per month. They are married and their basic needs were not fulfilled by their salaries. So, they started stealing ECHS medicines with store keeper Ramvir,” Tyagi added.
Neeraj, Sachin and Hari, who have pharmacy stores at Chandni Chowk, purchased medicines at low price and sold them at market price.

He came into contact with Neeraj Kumar and Sachin Gupta at Bhagirath Place and sold the medicines to him.

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