NOIDA: After the arrest of a 31-year-old Delhi resident for alleged black marketing of Remdesivir, cops suspect that he was actually part of a four-member gang that used to directly source the drug from registered suppliers in Delhi and Chandigarh. TOI has learnt that the Noida police are now working to track down the other three members of the group.
Rachit Ghai was in possession of 100 vials of the Remdesivir injection when he was arrested. He was allegedly selling each jab for anywhere between Rs 15,000 and Rs 40,000 since March, finding most of his customers through WhatsApp groups.
“Rachit had some links with a production unit in Delhi and he mediated between a Delhi-based supplier and a Maharashtra-based chemist and made good money out of the deal. However, this increased his greed and he thought that sourcing the injections and black marketing would be a good idea and decided to sell them at a high margin,” said a police officer privy to the investigation.
While the UP chief minister said on Wednesday that those resorting to black marketing of the Remdesivir injection and oxygen cylinders would be booked under the Gangster Act and NSA, the Noida police say any such decision will be made once the gang is established and other members are arrested. “Only then we can think about imposing the Gangster Act on the accused,” additional CP (law and order) Love Kumar said.
So far, cops are clear about the batch number of the injection and have established where the injection was pilfered from, officials said.