Dehradun News: Two people, formerly associated with the pharmaceutical industry but left jobless due to the pandemic, were arrested by Dehradun Police for their involvement in operating a counterfeit medicine production unit. The accused, identified as Sachin Sharma and Vikas Kumar, were residing in Raipur, Dehradun, and hailed from different places.
During the operation, the police confiscated a significant quantity of counterfeit capsules, raw materials, and equipment, alongside a Range Rover, a KIA car, and other assets amassed through the sale of spurious medications.
Case registered against the accused under IPC:
The duo’s illegal activities were brought to light when Vikram Rawat, the deputy manager of Jagsonpal Pharmaceuticals Ltd, filed a complaint against Sachin Sharma and his SS Medicose store for distributing fake drugs of their company. Subsequently, a case was registered against the accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Dehradun’s Senior Superintendent of Police, Ajai Singh, stated that the initial arrest led to the discovery of the fake medicine factory in Haridwar and the raw materials in Roorkee. The accused confessed to supplying counterfeit drugs to different states under the guise of legitimate companies.
“On these inputs, we busted the factory in Makdoompur village and recovered the large quantity of fake medicines, equipment, raw material from the Roorkee flat,” Singh said.
“Accused Sachin Sharma revealed that he used to work as a supervisor in Haridwar laboratory, while his partner Vikas Kumar used to work in the marketing department of a pharma company. Both lost their job during Covid. They eventually decided to manufacture fake drugs of Jagsonpal Pharmaceuticals and Walter Bushnell and sell them in various parts of the country. In 2022, they opened a firm SS Medicose whose proprietor is Sachin Sharma but they used to share equal profits earned by the firm. They set up a fake drug manufacturing factory in Makdoompur village in Haridwar and used to buy raw material from a Bombay based company. They would then prepare adulterated drugs at the factory and supply it to cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata from their firm SS Medicose,” the SSP said.
“On an average, the accused could prepare 200 boxes of counterfeit drugs in a week,” he said.
Their criminal enterprise yielded substantial assets, including a Range Rover car worth ₹1 crore, a KIA Sonet car valued at ₹12 lakh, a ₹50 lakh house in Usha Enclave (Dehradun), and 4 bighas of land in Makdoompur (Haridwar).
Notably, Haridwar’s Roorkee, Laksar, and Bhagwanpur regions have witnessed a proliferation of counterfeit medicine manufacturing units in recent years, with the Uttarakhand police conducting multiple operations to apprehend those involved.
“The easily available resources like wrappers, raw material, and knowing that it gives higher returns are the key reasons for the growth of this business in different areas of Haridwar,” said a police official, who didn’t wish to be named.