Maharashtra LoP Devendra Fadnavis accuses state police of harassing Remdesivir supplier

Former Maharashtra CM Fadnavis has accused the police of harassing a Remdesivir supplier. While the DCP has clarified that the supplier was summoned for merely an inquiry.

Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, on Saturday, convicted the state police of harassing a Daman-based Remdesivir supplier.

According to Fadnavis, the supplier was to supply a stock of the drug at the request of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and even the permission was granted by the Food and Drug Administration after he has a word with the Union Minister.

“Four days ago, we had requested Bruck Pharma to supply a stock of Remdesivir vials to Maharashtra. They said they couldn’t until permissions were given. I spoke with Union Minister Mansukh Mandviya and got Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) permission. Tonight, around 9 pm, the police arrested him”, says Fadnavis, as quoted by ANI.

Former Maharastra CM also added that he had spoken to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Manjunath Singe, who told him that they had input that some exporters had 60,000 vials and thus, they were trying to verify the same.

Fadnavis further added, “We showed the police the permission letter. He said that it wasn’t communicated to them earlier”, as per the reports of ANI.

Well, DCP Singe has refused the allegations and he has tried to clarify that they were making an inquiry of the widespread black marketing of Remdesivir medicines.

Singe said, “There’s a shortage of Remdesivir in the state and black marketing is rampant. We had got information about this storage facility. Acting in good faith, we only wanted to verify the inputs. He was called for an inquiry. It wasn’t an arrest,” as quoted by ANI.

As the second wave of Covid-19 is even more detrimental and fast-spreading, India has reported more than 2.34 lakh cases on Saturday. PM Narendra Modi held a meeting with the cabinet ministers on Saturday, he directed officials to use the Remdesivir as per the guidelines approved by health experts and also keep an eye on the black marketing of the same.

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