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2 Kumbh officers suspended over fake Covid test nexus

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami ordered their suspension and disciplinary action after an inquiry found them involved in a nexus with firms engaged in fake rapid antigen tests during Kumbh.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow |
Updated: August 27, 2021 8:56:55 am
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami

UTTARAKHAND GOVERNMENT on Thursday suspended two officers in connection with fake Covid tests allegedly done by private agencies hired during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar earlier this year.

The two are Dr Arjun Singh Sengar, who was the Mela officer (medical and health), and Dr N K Tyagi, in-charge officer (medical and health) for the Mela.

A senior government official said both officers had responsibilities in connection with selection of firms for Covid tests and monitoring of the Covid management in Mela area.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami ordered their suspension and disciplinary action against them after an inquiry report found them involved in a nexus with firms engaged in fake rapid antigen tests during Kumbh.

Haridwar district administration had constituted the probe panel under district’s Chief Development Officer, which submitted its report to the government on August 16.

That inquiry committee was set up in June when the state health department conducted a preliminary inquiry after receiving a communication from ICMR regarding a complaint received from a man in Punjab. During Kumbh, the complainant had received an SMS saying that his sample had been collected for Covid test despite the fact that he had not come to Haridwar.

On June 17, Haridwar police lodged an FIR against a private agency and two laboratories for allegedly issuing fake Covid reports of rapid antigen tests during Kumbh Mela.

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