Visakhapatnam: In a decoy operation, the Drugs Control Administration (DCA) officials in Vizag caught two persons for illegally selling Remdesivir injections at MVP Colony on Friday evening.

Drugs inspector (vigilance) D. Suneeta, posing as a patient's relative in need of Remdesivir injections, obtained a phone number from a patient's kin and called the person. Suresh, who answered the phone, gave her Rakesh's number. When Suneeta called Rakesh, he said that he had six Remdesivir injections and it would cost her Rs. 35,000 per vial (Rs. 2.1 lakh for six vials).

Ms. Suneeta along with P.N.V.V.S Kalyani (Visakhapatnam sales) waited near a hospital at MVP colony in the city. They told the man their relative was admitted in the hospital with COVID-19 and they needed Remdesivir injections. Rakesh along with another person, G. Brahmaji, came to meet the two at the hospital where they were apprehended.

Assistant director, DCA, K. Rajita said three Covifor injections (Hetero) and three Redyx-L injections (Dr. Reddy's) along with Rs. 44,000 cash were seized from their possession. The drugs inspectors along with the circle inspector (vigilance and enforcement) S. Laxmoji filed a complaint at the MVP police station. During interrogation, Rakesh and Brahmaji disclosed that they were getting the injections from a doctor. The police have registered a case for further investigation.

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