West Bengal: Fake vaccination camp busted in Kolkata, anti-bacterial jabs given in the name of COVID-19 vaccine
West Bengal: Fake vaccination camp busted in Kolkata, anti-bacterial jabs given in the name of COVID-19 vaccine
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Kolkata: A day after a fake vaccination camp was busted in the Kasba area in Kolkata, following an alert by TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty, the Kolkata police found that the kingpin behind the scam Debanjan Deb had not only opened a fake vaccination camp at Kasba but have also vaccinated in a college in North Kolkata.

According to police, Debanjan used to give NKacin 500 jabs instead of Covid vaccines and a search team along with Debanjan visited his office at Kasba and found several vials of fake Covishield vials.

“After primary investigation it was learnt that Debanjan used to give anti-bacterial jabs to the people. He had even opened a fake bank account by forging the signature of the special commissioner of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and has taken one lakh eleven thousand rupees from a micro finance company for 171 doses of vaccine,” mentioned an investigating officer.

The police officials also confirmed that last week faking himself as joint commissioner of KMC, Debanjan had spoken to the Principal of the City College in Amherst Street in North Kolkata and apparently vaccinated all the professor, Principal, and a few students both present and former.

The Principal of the college claimed that the manner in which Debanjan and his associates spoke nobody ever thought that it could be a scam.

A present student of the college also claimed that not just Covishield, Debanjan claimed that he is also giving Sputnik V.

“Debanjan used to pay his employees over 30 thousand rupees salary and those working under him also thought that he is providing Covid vaccination took vaccine from him,” further mentioned the investigating officer.

Meanwhile, a forensic team had also visited the college to collect samples.

According to several doctors the anti-bacterial injections can react in different ways to different people and can also affect the heart.

Meanwhile, Debanjan’s name was also found with several noteworthy Trinamool Congress leaders under a statue of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore during the unveiling of the statue.

Incidentally, after Debanjan’s name surfaced in a scam, it was seen that black ink was smeared on Debanjan’s name.

Though West Bengal Transport Minister Firhad Hakim claimed that everyone involved in the scam will be punished but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is crying foul over the issue and alleged TMC’s connection with the fake vaccination camp.

West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh slammed the ruling party for breaking the health infrastructure in the state and also claimed that such a thing wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the ruling government.

Taking to Twitterm Union Minister of State Babul Supriyo stated, “If individuals impersonating government officials can freely buy vaccines from Bagri Market, can there ever be enough vaccines for the people of Bengal?”

Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari wrote, “Fake vaccination camp at Kasba is organised by a fraud, impersonating as IAS officer raises doubts on the State Health Department's diligence & adherence to protocols in regards to the vaccination drive. With a MP getting duped, what about the safety of the public?”

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