Mumbai: Now, BMC lodges complaint against organizers of fake vax drive

Yet another FIR was registered with the Borivli police on Wednesday in connection with the fake vaccination drive carried out at housing complexes and for entertainment staff. The fourth FIR was lodged by the BMC which stated that the accused had carried out the drive without seeking the necessary permissions.

According to the police, they have booked eight people in the case lodged by BMC at Borivali police station-- Mahendra Singh, Rajesh Pandey, Sanjay Gupta, three unknown employees of Shivam Hospital, an office bearer of Aditya College management and an unknown official of a trust that conducted the vaccination drive.

Of the eight booked, three are key players involved in the fake drive at Kandivali-based Hiranandani Heritage and also participated at the drive in Borivli-based Aditya College of Design, wherein students and management staff were administered vaccines. For the first time in the FIRs, the police have booked the victims and the employees of Aditya College, who had approached the accused to organise the drive without having proper permissions from the BMC, said senior inspector Sudhir Kalekar.

In their complaint, the BMC has said that no MoU was signed by the college or the accused, which is mandatory. Moreover, they charged Rs 1,260 per person, when the government has capped the amount of Covishield at Rs 780. The vials were also kept in a thermocol box, which was again a violation of rules.

Meanwhile, the Kandivli police have arrested another accused Gudiya Yadav (23) in connection with the fake drive at Kandivli, taking the toll number of arrested accused in this case to six, while two are still at large.

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