Man from Bihar held with fake 441 Remdesivir vials in Manipur

Man from Bihar held with fake 441 Remdesivir vials in Manipur
Lalo Sah (55) with fake Remdesivir medicine.
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 3 | Publish Date: 8/3/2021 1:39:01 PM IST

Manipur police arrested a person with fake 441 pieces of DESREM (Remdesivir 100 mg) injection, a key drug in the treatment of COVID-19.

The arrested person, identified as Lalo Sah (55) Bihar’s Sasam village of Samastipur district, was arrested by a team of Imphal East district police who were on frisking and checking duty at New Checkon area under Porompat police station on Monday, around 1pm. Addressing a press conference today, Imphal East SP N Herojit Singh said that the person was detained upon detection of 441 pieces of Remdesivir injection in one of the two luggage bags he was carrying.

Initially, the police personnel detained Sah as he could not produce relevant documents for possessing the medicine as no private individual can procure or possess the said drugs without any proper document from the concerned authority. However, he was arrested formally after the concerned authority of the state health department suggested that the seized drug appeared to be a fake.

After the recovery of the medicine, the police enquired from the state health department and the officials of the State Drug Controller compared the seized medicine with the genuine sample of the same company maintained in the directorate. The directorate certified that the overall impression in the seized item seemed to be a fake product and no private individual can procure/possess the said drugs without any proper document from the concerned authority, the SP informed.

Following the response of the health directorate, the police formally arrested the person while confiscating the 441 pieces of DESREM injection.  One mobile phone and a boarding pass of air Asia were also recovered from his possession, the SP said. On being observed, the seized medicine looked bigger compared to the genuine medicine in the stock of the state health authority. 

However, the cover of the seized medicine has the same print price of Rs 4,400.

During initial investigation, the state police came to know that the arrested person procured the fake drug from a person in Guwahati and came to Imphal by a flight on July 31.

Upon enquiry, it was learnt that the man had already left Assam for Kolkata, the SP said, adding that information were being collected if there were rackets of fake medicine in the state and other neighbouring states of the region.

The police further suspected that the medicine was meant for onward smuggling to the neighbouring country, Myanmar where it is said to be in high demand and can sold for double the printed price.

Porompat police has also registered a case against the arrested person for further investigation, the SP added.


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