Three held for illegally selling Remdesivir injections in Karnataka

Bengaluru, Apr 18 (Bureau) The Karnataka police has nabbed three people on charges of stealing and selling Remdesivir injections crucial for the Covid-19 treatment. Police said that the trio were caught while setting the stolen drug for Rs 10,500 per vial. In a statement, Joint Commissioner of Police Sandeep Patil said that with reports emerging about hoarding and blackmarketing of Remdesivir injection required for Covid treatment, the Central Crime Branch conducted a drive across Bengaluru and arrested the three.

The accused are Rajesh and Shakeeb, who run Gurushree Medicals and Sohail. A case has been registered against them in Madiwala police station, Patil said adding, the accused were having illegal stock of the injection and selling them at Rs 10,500, much higher than MRP. The action comes close on the heels of Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, two days back, issuing instructions to arrest those black-marketing and hoarding Remdesivir injections during a meeting with the senior police officials.