Mumbai: Jobless travel agents got roped in fraud COVID-19 vaccination drive, reveals probe
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Two travel agents-- Shrikant Mane and Seema Ahuja, who were jobless due to the Coronavirus outbreak induced pandemic, had approached the Mansi Stocks and Share Advisors, to get them inoculated, revealed the probe. These two were the ones who connected the victims with the mastermind of the fraud vaccination drive Mahendra Singh, who then arranged the whole thing. The staff, who had come for the vaccination drive, claimed to be from Shivam Hospital, and had particularly asked the beneficiaries to not take pictures. Borivali Police have also booked the stocks and shares company as well for not taking the permissions from the civic authorities.

The mastermind, Mahendra Singh, who had orchestrated the whole fraud vaccination drive, was a regular customer of a travel company, which Shrikant and Seema were employed with. When the lockdown badly hit the travel sector, leaving Shrikant and Seema jobless, Mahendra called the duo and proposed to arrange a vaccination drive, wherein they will get a cut from the money charged to the beneficiaries.

"Shrikant and Seema were in dire need of money, and were promised ₹120 from each dose of ₹1,000, which was a necessity at that time. They claimed that the duo did not know from where the vaccines were procured and how authentic it was as they were only the organizers and victims," said a senior officer requesting anonymity.

On Saturday, police visited the stocks company and are already recording statements of the victims and other accused, to ascertain their role and then appropriate action will be initiated against them. Borivali Police have booked the owner of Mansi Share & Stock Advisors Pvt.Ltd for allegedly not informing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and not adhering by the guidelines. In the FIR lodged by the BMC official, Mahendra Singh, Sanjay Gupta, Roshni, Qareem Akbar Ali, Shivam Hospital, Shrikant Mane, Seema Ahuja along with owner of Mansi Stocks and Shares.

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