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Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy: Directors of drug company arrested; doctor blames govt

The police have said that the company did not manufacture the drugs here, bought from elsewhere and merely packaged it in the factory.

Written by Ashutosh Bhardwaj | Raipur | Published: November 14, 2014 9:20 am
Villagers protesting outside the state health minister's residence against underwent sterilization surgeries, in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. (Source: PTI) Villagers protesting outside the state health minister’s residence against underwent sterilization surgeries, in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

In a late night action yesterday, the Chhattisgarh police arrested the directors of Mahavar Pharama Pvt Ltd, a manufacturer of antibiotic Ciprofloxacin consumed by the victims of the Bilaspur laparoscopic surgeries. The arrested directors are Ramesh Mahavar and his son Sumit Mahavar.

The police have said that the company did not manufacture the drugs here, bought from elsewhere and merely packaged it in the factory. The food and drug department noted that the company did not have proper equipment to manufacture drugs. A case of forgery under Section 420 of IPC has been registered against the duo.

However, these arrests raise serious questions over the health department and medicare in Chhattisgarh. The company had been operating in the state capital for over a decade. While the drug department failed to notice its allegedly illegal operations, the health ministry regularly purchased and used its medicines in bulk.

Following the ban on four drugs that were used during the surgeries, the Food and Drug Controller had raided and sealed the Raipur-based Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd yesterday. It is a small factory in a residential colony and does not even have a notice board indicating the company or its operations.

“We never sell to the government. We sell to drug traders, who supply it to various agencies. This antibiotic is sold at many places. We have never received any complaint,” the company said in a statement.

The dismissed Dr RK Gupta, who conducted 83 surgeries in just five hours, has also blamed the state government. “What is my fault? I am just a doctor. We were given the targets of surgeries. If we did not meet them, the administration pressurised us. The state government and Health Minister Amar Agarwal are responsible,” said Gupta, now in judicial custody.

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    Brijkhanna
    Nov 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm
    This tragic death of so many women should go down without drastic punishment to Doctors and medical staff involved but even the drug suppliers Contractor and official who procured should be be tried under CPC Conspiracy to culpable homicide section. Mr Raman should ask the Health Minister to step down. If Raman hesitates BJP President compel him.
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      harith
      Nov 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm
      The quality controllers are corrupt and how come the pharma quality controllers are not arrested along with the company directors? corruption, every where is the leading cause of all these problems and systems must be in place fixing legal accountability on some one for every small issue, so that, if things go wrong, those accountable can be criminally charged and jailed immediately
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        Mach
        Nov 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm
        Media is totally silent? I guess BJP has finally got hold of media? Such a big catastrophe but no fuss about it and Modi is roaming with foreign tours.
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          Mac
          Nov 18, 2014 at 8:57 am
          This tradegy has taken place in congree ruled state
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            Manoj
            Nov 14, 2014 at 11:35 pm
            Dr RK Gupta, your crime is to have conduct these operations under unhygienic conditions. Who conducts operations on the floor with dirt and germs every where ?Can you vouch that every single operation that you have conducted in this case was with strictest conditions of hygiene and will recommend your own family to go. If not, then you are to be blamed and should be prosecuted with criminal intent. Because you of all the people should know what to do.
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