Three held in Bengaluru for hoarding Remdesivir, selling in black market

Bengaluru, Apr 18 (IANS): Three persons were arrested for allegedly hoarding the key Remdesivir drug for treating Covid patients and selling it on the black market, police said on Sunday.

"The accused trio - Rajesh, Shakeeb and Sohail were nabbed after their premises were raided and huge stocks of the drug stored illegally seized," said the city crime branch in a statement here.

Preliminary inquiry revealed that the trio were selling Remdesivir for Rs 10,500 per injection in the black-market, far above its maximum retail price," it added.

The crime branch sleuths are investigating to find out where the accused got the injections, which are in shortage amid growing demand for the drug.

"The trio run a medical shop in the city's south-east suburb. The raids were conducted following reports in the media that the life-saving drug was in shortage due to its hoarding and illegal sale by unscrupulous elements," the statement said.

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on April 15 warned hoarders and black-marketeers of stern action if they were found storing the drug illegally.

At least 7 pharma firms produce and sell the drug across the country under a license from the US-based Gilead Sciences.







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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Human scavengers who create artificial shortage and fleece people who are on death bed. Shame on you, Rajesh, Shakeeb and Sohail - you are a disgrace to the society. Again these shameless people are the front. There must be an elaborate setup that these guys represent.

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  • Anand, Surathkal

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    These greedy beasts are unfit to be humans.

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  • Abdulla Amin, Ullal

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    None of us are in honest business.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Abdulla Amin Ullal ,dont include all here .If you are doing this then it is your responsibility to answer to God.what these people are doing is playing with human life .May God help them if their people and they self get sick.One day or other it may not be long time to get the fruits of such act.

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  • Gurka, mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    We Indians are expertise in everything including life to death !! we are close alloy to the chinese

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Such a huge stock could not have been bought without the connivance of a big stockist of the manufacturing company!

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  • Aam Aadmi, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Good job. Will Fadnavis be arrested for doing the same in Maharashtra or the police only takes action against small fishes

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    There are many more rats belonging to political party still hoarding and selling in black market.... Many people have blood in their hands for these deaths.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    these thugs seem to be "imported" cases.....

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  • Sudakara, Pumpwell/Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    This is happening for 2 of them in the holy month of RAMADAN. They are fake Muslims. apply their law and finish them before the end of Ramadan.

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    This time crime was commites by majority and minority community saath saath

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Which living creature has more value on Earth ?? Definitely animals !! Humans have " Zero " value... They are mere Vultures, preying on each other !!!! The government as usual, is playing truant... washing its hands off, from any responsibilities !!!!!

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  • Dr.S.Kamath, Mumbai

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Why blame Black marketeers alone ? no medicines in market Govt not able to supply to Covid Hospitals ,Govt s own Hospitals ,No Medicines in Chemist shops where to go Hospital Doctors write prescription get this Ramdesivir in Maharashtra I wanted for one of my relatives asked one Covid hospital partner do you have ? He said no ok what to do patient needs .He said go and complain to FDA .OK we called FDA Joint commissioner directly .We had his mobile number .He says no not possible Commissioner says he himself want for one of his relative admitted in Pune Covid Hospital

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  • Concerned citizen, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Nakammi sarkar

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  • Anthony, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    These people have sold their souls to the devil.

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    What is this? People are searching for Gold in the reins of Mangalore Aircrash. These are the people who takes money from their father & mother in advance for their burial. God save my country.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    It is as usual.Playing on human life to make money.would they enjoy this money I ask.In India by ration products or one say things are not available ,starts such people to hoard ,sell in black on a high price.Onions,sugar Petrol.kerosine,rice,.Poor people have to suffer or even die when they dont have enough money to buy.Close their shop ,licence should be cancelled.And long time arrest.Cant say anything to such criminality.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Everyone is interested in filling their own Pockets ...

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Please check if the drugs are original or spurious!

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