The Delhi Police has sealed a factory in Zirakpur after recovering a huge quantity of fake medicines which were being manufactured there and then supplied to Delhi by a gang involved in the sale and purchase of spurious medicines. The police claim to have arrested three people, including a Pinjore resident, and seized cartons of fake medicines worth Rs 50 lakh from the accused.
The police said that the gang had been manufacturing fake medicines in a rented unit located at Pabhat near the Chandigarh-Zirakpur border for the last four years.
The accused have been identified as Amit Dua, 37, a resident of Pinjore; Manoj, 43, a resident of New Delhi, and Gulab Singh, 36, a resident of Hisar.
According to the police, Manoj was arrested from Paharganj in Delhi on April 27 after the police raided a godown there following a tip-off and recovered 10 cartons of fake medicines which were being sold in the city.
On Wednesday, the Delhi Police raided the factory here and arrested Amit and Gulab from the premises. Besides seizing the machinery, they recovered three cartons each of Pantop-DSR tablets, Althrocin tablets and Mesacol tablets.
“The three of them had been running the factory since 2011. It was earlier run by one Manoj Topi, who is lodged in Ambala jail after he was arrested in a similar case. We are now interrogating the accused to know where the medicines were being supplied besides Delhi,” said Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Delhi.
“Four years ago, some people came and rented the first floor of the building which I once owned. They worked discreetly, and never interacted much with any one. A vehicle came here once a week to collect the cartons,” said the owner of an adjacent factory.
The police said that Amit’s father owned a pharmaceutical factory in Delhi, where Manoj worked for six years. In 2003, they shifted to Lucknow and started manufacturing fake drugs following which they were arrested.
After coming out of jail, they came in contact with Topi, who introduced them to his brother-in-law Gulab. All three of them then took over Topi’s factory at Pabhat and again started manufacturing drugs.
Meanwhile, the Mohali police said that they were not informed about the raid.
A case has been registered against them at the crime branch police station in Delhi under various sections of the IPC and the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.