'Fake' vaccination drive at college: Fourth FIR made in Borivali, arrest count goes to 6

A fourth First Information Report (FIR) was registered at Borivali Police station on Wednesday afternoon in connection to the 'fraud' vaccination drive undertaken by a gang of seven people, who have duped many including residents of a complex, staffers of a music and entertainment company. The latest FIR registered at Borivali police station was lodged by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), claiming that the accused people had carried out the unauthorised vaccination drive without any permissions.

According to police, the same gang was involved in the fake vaccination drive at Borivali-based Aditya College of Design, wherein a number of students and management staff were administered vaccinations. For the first time in the four FIRs, police have booked the victims, the management employee of Aditya College, who had approached the accused people and then organized the vaccination drive without proper permission or authorisation from the BMC, said Sudhir Kalekar, senior inspector of Borivali police station.

The FIR states that the college had organized camp without keeping the civic authorities in loop and violated the BMC guidelines. Meanwhile, Borivali Police have also booked the two unidentified staffers of Shivam Hospital, who had administered the vaccine shots along with two unknown employees of a charitable trust that had organized the drive, said an official.

In their complaint, the BMC has said that no MoU were signed by the college or the accused, which is mandatory, moreover, they had charged ₹1,260 per person, when the government has capped the sale of one dose of covishield at ₹780. The vials were also kept in a thermocol box, which was again a violation as it was not authorized through proper channels.

Kandivali Police, meanwhile, arrested another accused, a 23-year-old Gudiya Yadav, who works as a contractual data entry operator at NESCO COVID centre, who was allegedly given ₹2,500 to forge nine certificates in the name of NESCO centre as the vaccinators. Yadav's arrest made the count of arrested at six, while Rajesh Pandey, the former employee of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital is still at large.

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