At least 2000 people have been injected with saline or salt water instead of Covid-19 vaccine in Mumbai, India. Police thinks, there might be more people who might have fallen victim to those ‘fake covid vaccination camps.
Mumbai police have filed seven FIRs and have arrested 8 people so far. One of them was a woman who shared the username/password of a CoWIN account to generate vaccination certificates.
The accused criminals have been charged with attempt to commit culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Vishwas Nangre Patil said “Eight accused have been arrested and ₹ 12.40 lakh that was fraudulently obtained has been recovered. Bank accounts of the main accused – Manish Tripathi and Mahendra Singh – have been frozen.”
Mumbai Police said, Mahendra Singh, who was arrested last week is the mastermind of the syndicate. They have also captured Sanjay Gupta, the person who helped set up the ‘fake vaccination camps’.
The vaccines had the label of Covidshield vaccine which are manufactured by Serum institute. But police are still not sure about what those vaccine doses actually contained.
The Serum institute has given a letter to Mumbai’s Civic body to help track down the batch numbers of this shipment.
Police received a complaint about the scam by a housing society in Mumbai’s Kandivali. After investigation they were able to caught the syndicate.
On Tuesday the Bombay High Court asked the BMC to find out what actually was inside those vaccine vials/bottles and assess the health condition of those who fell victim to this scam. The court aso asked to test them for Covid antibodies, as well as to carry out proper vaccinations for all of them.