Fake BP medicine sale in Cuttack: Two arrested from Bihar, brought to Odisha on transit remand

Cuttack: In a major development in the fake Blood Pressure (BP) medicine sale case in Odisha’s Cuttack, police have arrested two persons from Bihar and brought them to the city on transit remand.

The accused have been identified as Alok Mishra and Harish Kumar. The duo was running two drug agencies– Balaji Agency and Balaji Drug Point– illegally without license.  They had supplied spurious medicines to VR Drug Agency and Puja Enterprises in Cuttack, said Pinak Mishra, DCP, Cuttack.

After being arrested, they were produced before a court in Gaya and brought to Odisha on transit remand for 3 days for questioning, the police official said.

The two accused were procuring the medicines from other states, the DCP said, adding that fake bills and mobile phones have been seized from their possession while further probe was underway to ascertain the involvement of others in the offence.

Notably, a special team of the Twin City Commissionerate Police with the help of Gaya police had raided various locations in Bihar.

The joint team of Purighat Police and Directorate of Drugs Control had seized 1340 strips of ‘Telma 40’, used to treat high blood pressure, valued at approximately Rs 3 lakh during a major crackdown at Mahatab Road in Cuttack on September 19.

During the probe, it came to fore that fake blood pressure medicines were outsourced to the VR Drug Agency by a Kolkata-based agency.

Earlier, the police had on September 13 arrested Rahul Kyal, owner of VR Drug Agency, and Sanjay Jalan, owner of Puja Enterprises, in connection with the spurious drugs case.

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