Pune: 22 Amphotericin Injections Seized, Pimpri Chinchwad Police Bust Inter-State Gang Involved In Black Marketing

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Pune, 17th June 2021: The Pimpri Chinchwad Police has arrested a nursing staff of Karnataka government-run Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences for allegedly smuggling out Amphotericin injection which is used in the treatment of Covid-induced Mucormycosis ailment. His accomplice, a medical representative (MR) from Solapur, has been also nabbed.

Police said that nursing staff Rajeshekhar Kasappa Bhajantri (33) and MR Sharanbasveshwar Sidheshwar Dhamame (38) were arrested while investigating a previous case of black marketing of Amphotericin.

Police have seized 14 liposomal Amphotericin B injections worth Rs 84,000 and eight Amphotericin B liposome worth Rs 60,000 from the possession of Bhajantri. He used to supply the injections to Dhamame who further distributed them in Maharashtra.

Acting on a tip-off received by DCP (Crime) Sudhir Hiremath, five people were arrested on June 7 and three injections were seized from them. Based on a complaint from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an FIR was registered in the case at Wakad police station.

Addressing a press conference today, Pimpri Chinchwad Police Commissioner Krishna Prakash said, “While investigating the case, our team zeroed in on Dhamame and during interrogation, he named Bhajantri as the supplier. We sent a decoy customer to Bhajantri to verify the black marketing of the injection. After confirmation, he was taken into custody and 22 injections were seized from his possession. Further investigation is going on to find out if more staff of Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences are involved.”

Additional CP Ramnath Pokale, DCP Hiremath, DCP (Zone 2) Anand Bhoite, ACPs Dr Prashant Amrutkar, Shrikant Disale supervised the investigation. The team included Wakad Police Station’s Senior Police Inspector Dr Vivek Mugalikar, Inspectors Santosh Patil, Sunil Tonpe, PSI Deepak Kadbane, and policemen Javed Pathan, Vikas Khutwad and Gorakhnath Kamde and Anti-Gunda Squad’s API Harish Mane.

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