Chennai: As Chennai witness huge serpentine queues for Remdesivir drug in front of the hospitals, two men were arrested and detained on Saturday under the Goonda Act by the Mylapore special police team for selling drug Remdesivir at a high price.
The arrested are Bhuvaneshwar, 36, owner of Medistar Healthcare Ltd. and Nishith Bhandari, 32, of Navkar Distributors.The police team had seized 145 vials of Remdesivir from them.
According to the police,Bhandari had sold Remdesivir vials to Bhuvaneshwar without valid documents.
So far, the city police have registered 14 cases of illegal sale of Remdesivir vials and arrested 34 men. However, this is the first time that two arrested for illegal sale of Remdesivir drug are charged under Goonda Act.
This comes as the Chennai police commissioner Shankar Jiwal had issued a stern warning to those selling Remdesivir drug at higher prices that they will be charged under the Goonda Act.
Meanwhile,the Tamil Nadu government has directly supplied Remdesivir to private hospitals and had directed the police department to act sternly sternly on all those who sold the medicine at a higher price.
(With IANS inputs)