Doctor, two accomplices held for hoarding Remdesivir injections in Ghaziabad

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Ghaziabad (UP), Apr 27 (PTI) A joint team of special weapons and tactics (SWAT) and Kotwali police have arrested three men, including a doctor, for allegedly hoarding Remdesivir injections here, police said on Tuesday.

Mohammad Altamash (42), a resident of Delhi's Nizamuddin, had earlier worked at AIIMS Delhi and regularly delivered lectures to medical students in various medical colleges. He did his MBBS from Lucknow's King George's Medical University.

His two accomplices -- Kumail of Kaila Bhatta in Ghaziabad and Jazib Ali of Bara Hindu Rao in Delhi -- have been nabbed along with the doctor as the trio were searching for family members who were in dire need of the life-saving injection for COVID-19 patients and charged between Rs 30,000 to 40,000 per injection.

Altamash was black marketing Remdesivir injections after procuring vials from medical stores on doctors' prescriptions and selling these drugs to needy patients. A big nexus was involved in it and everybody was getting his own share in profit, City Superintendent of Police (1st) Nipun Agarwal told media.

He added that police have recovered 70 vials of Remdesivir injections along with cash over Rs 36 lakh earned by hoarding the drug.

Police have seized a car and two motorbikes used in the crime, Agarwal said, adding that police teams are interrogating the accused for further information about more such gangs. PTI CORR HDA HDA