Hyderabad: There is a booming black market for oxygen cylinders and Remdesivir injections amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state. The Saroornagar police on 26 April arrested three persons, including a staff nurse, for illegally selling Remdesivir injections at higher rates. The police seized eight Remdesivir injections and Rs. 31,000 cash from them.

The accused have been identified as Chennampally Parusharamulu (30), a nurse at Sunrise Hospital in Hayathnagar, Ramavath Janu (22), who works as on-call operation theatre assistan, and Sapavath Upender (26), an on-call OT technician.

On Monday, the police received information that some people were selling Remdesivir and Covifor injections at high rates at Dilsukhnagar Metro station. The police rushed to the spot and took the three persons into custody.

The police found that for the past 10 days, Parusharamulu had been collecting the medicines from his known source and selling the same to needy persons at higher rates. He was waiting at Dilsukhnagar Metro station to sell Remdesivir to Ramavath and Sabavath. He was planning to sell the injection for Rs. 15,500 instead of the MRP Rs. 3,490.

The police registered a case under various sections of the IPC and the DM Act. The three accused were arrested and produced before the court for judicial custody.

On 26 April, the Malkajgiri police had arrested three persons for running a black market operation and illegally selling oxygen cylinders through an NGO. The cops had seized five oxygen cylinders of 150 litres each.

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