Mumbai police have arrested 4 people in connection with a vaccination scam with residents of a housing society in Mumbai’s Kandivali area. Police said the accused people have been charged under sections of cheating and fraud.
Police said they have arrested one person in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna in connection with the case, the accused identified as Karim. Police said when the scam in limelight, Karim have run away and left Mumbai due to fear of being arrest. He is suspected to be the supplier of Covid-19 vaccines in the area.
Mumbai police said the investigation is underway and those who are involved in the case will not be spared.
As part of a vaccination camp at Hiranandani Estate Society on May 30, almost 390 residents in the society were administered Covishield vaccines. But later society members found that the online portal Co-WIN did not have any record of the people who took part in the vaccination drive and got vaccinated.
Residents said after being vaccinated they were given vaccination certificates from different hospitals like Lifeline, Nanavati BMC vaccination center etc. Later, when people contacted the hospital to confirm if they got the real vaccine or not, hospitals said they did not provide any vaccines to the housing society.
Residents said that a man got in touch with society committee members pretending to be a representative of Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, another person Sanjay Gupta coordinated the vaccination drive, while a third person, Mahendra Singh, collected almost Rs 5 lakh in cash from the society members. Residents stated that they were given vaccines at Rs 1260 per dose.
According to the Union Health Ministry’s data, more than 34.63 lakh COVID-19 jabs were administered in India on June 16, due to which the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country reached 26.55 crore.