Mumbai: fourth FIR in unauthorized vaccination case after Borivali middle school camp
A fourth FIR was registered on Wednesday against a group of people, already detained by Kandivali police, along with a few others for allegedly carrying out an unauthorized Covid-19 vaccination campaign at a middle school in Borivali (west) on June 3 while they were getting vaccinated. 213 people.
Prior to that, FIRs were recorded against the group at Kandivali Police Station on June 17, Versova Police Station on June 19 and Khar Police Station on June 21 for carrying out unauthorized vaccination campaigns in under which they administered the first dose of what they claimed was the Covishield vaccine. residents of a housing company as well as employees of two private companies. In total, they would have given the jab to 960 people in these four workouts.
Kandivali police said during questioning the group confessed to making five other trips.
Confirming the development, Sudhir Kelkar, Senior Police Inspector of Borivali Police Station, said: “We have registered an FIR under Articles 188 of the IPC (disobedience to an order duly promulgated by an official), 420 (cheating), 120B (criminal association) and section 52 (false allegation) of the Disaster Management Act, 27 (penalty for sale in violation of the law) and 28A (failure to keep records) under of the Medicines and Cosmetics Act.
The complaint was lodged by Dr Balasaheb Kavle of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) after Borivali police wrote to the civic body to inform them of the vaccination campaign.
The campaign was run on June 3 for staff and administrators at Aditya Architecture College. “They did not receive any certificate after the vaccination campaign. In addition, there was no doctor to supervise them during the administration of the vaccines. We have not received any complaints from vaccinees regarding side effects. We will find out whether the vaccines are genuine or not, ”Kelkar said.
Borivali Police said that, as in previous cases, Rajesh Pandey, Mahinder Singh and Sanjay Gupta have been appointed
in the last FIR. Police also mentioned the names of two senior college leadership who contacted the accused for the vaccination process but failed to secure a memorandum of understanding from a hospital. Two to three staff from a private hospital in Kandivali (west) have also been appointed to the FIR.
Meanwhile, Kandivali police arrested the sixth defendant in the case of the unauthorized vaccination campaign on Wednesday. The accused, a 23-year-old woman, is suspected of helping the accused obtain false certificates.
Sensitize residents to fake records: BMC
Dr Mangala Gomare, head of health, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), said the department is educating residents about off-site vaccination camps. “People should inform the local BMC authorities if a camp is organized; at least one service manager can verify the vaccinator’s credentials. Companies and headquarters must sign a memorandum of understanding before organizing such camps. These are basic warranties that can prevent fake discs, ”Gomare said.
She added that Serum Institute of India (SII), makers of Covishield, is likely to respond by Thursday on the batch number and details of the vials used in the Kandivali Housing Company’s vaccination campaign, which took place at the end of May.
City officials investigating the case said it was possible the accused filled empty vaccine vials. “In this case, even if we confirm the batch number, we will not be able to know if the vaccine was real or fake,” said a city official. BMC is conducting a detailed investigation into the matter and has started recording statements from those involved in the Kandivali and Borivali campaigns.