Solan, November 23
Three people have been arrested following the seizure of counterfeit drugs from major brands worth over Rs 1 crore in a godown in Baddi late at night.
The drug trade shocked the authorities as the drugs were being manufactured in an unauthorized unit in Baddi, which was supposed to only sell medical equipment.
The arrests were made by the Drug Control Administration (DCA), a first in the state. In such earlier cases, the arrests were made by the police. A case falling under section 18 A1, read with section 17, of the Medicines and Cosmetics Act 1940, was registered.
Those arrested have been identified as Mohit Bansal of Agra, the kingpin who led the unit and owns a wholesale drug business, Atul Gupta from Auraiya in UP and Vijay Kaushal from Indore. They were brought before a local court today which held them in custody for four days.
Navneet Marwaha, State Drugs Controller, said: “A godown located in Baddi was raided and fake drugs valued at over Rs 1 crore were seized. The drugs were manufactured under the name of renowned companies like Ipca Laboratories, USV Pvt Ltd, Cipla, Cadila, Macleods Pharmaceuticals, Signova Pharma among others.
Bands of popular brands from major companies were also seized. “A DCA team from Uttar Pradesh raided Bansal’s shop in Agra and seized all their stock,” he said.
Sarah Enterprises, Plot No. 29, DIC Industrial Area, the unit where the counterfeit drugs were manufactured, was also raided. Sources said that Bansal planned to expand the operations of the said unit for which machinery had been fitted. He made fake drugs here and sold them through his wholesale store in Agra, they said.
Intended for sale in UP
- A raid in Baddi was raided on Tuesday evening, fake drugs worth Rs 1 cr seized
- Kingpin Mohit Bansal was manufacturing drugs in his unauthorized unit in Baddi
- Sold counterfeit drugs from major brands in his shop in Agra