Kolkata Police Bust Fake COVID-19 Testing Racket, 3 Arrested

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Kolkata, August 1: The Kolkata police on Saturday busted a fake COVID-19 testing racket. A complaint was filed by the family of a 57-year-old COVID victim, who succumbed to the deadly virus last week. The police acted on the complaint and arrested three people on Friday night for running illegal coronavirus testing laboratory.

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The arrested people have been identified as Biswajit Sikdar (23) and Indrajit Sikdar (26), and Anit Paira. According to a report published in India Today, Sikdar brothers were employed as contractual lab technicians in two separate state-run hospitals. Meanwhile, Paira runs a private laboratory in Kolkata. West Bengal: Senior Doctor Dies of COVID-19 in Kolkata, Says Health Department.

The victim’s family in the complaint mentioned that a fake COVID report was given to the deceased, which showed his test as negative. However, his condition deteriorated. According to the report, the victim was then admitted to the state-run designated MR Bangur COVID hospital where doctors termed the report as fake. A fresh test was conducted on July 29. The result of the repprt came after the victim died. In the test report, it was found that the victim was COVD-19 positive.

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Sikdar brothers collected a sample of the victim’s blood from his house on July 25. They told the victim’s family that they work for an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-approved COVID testing laboratory. The reports were sent to the deceased on July 27 on WhatsApp. Police have started an investigation into the case to find whether there is a bigger racket of fake COVID-19 testing.

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