Thane: Police register first case in fake COVID-19 vaccination scam against five persons

Thane: After different cases related to fake vaccination were registered by Mumbai police in the past few days, on Friday, Thane police registered the first case against five people for organizing a fake vaccination drive in an insurance firm in Thane.

The police said the vaccination drive was held on May 26 in-between 10am to 1pm at office number 22, located at second floor Shreeji Arcade, near Nitin company, Thane.

The police said the vaccination was organised by accused Mahendra Singh along with Shrikant Mane, Sanjay Gupta, Seema Ahuja and Mohammed Karim Akbar Ali.

"The accused who organised the vaccination drive claimed the vaccine as Covishield. The accused vaccinated around 116 employees and their family members of, an insurance firm. The firm was charged Rs 1,000 per dose by the accused. They even gave fake vaccination certificates and cheated the employee and played with their life", said a police officer.

After the fake vaccination drive was exposed by the Mumbai police. It came to light about a drive organised at Thane. "After we came to know about such fake vaccination held in our jurisdiction. We approached the firm and ask them to register a case", said Anil Mangale, Senior Police Inspector, Naupada police station.

The Naupada police further on the complaints of Urnav Hiralal Dutta, the cluster sales manager of, have registered a case under section 188, 269, 270, 274, 275, 276, 308, 419, 420, 465,467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The police said all the five accused are among the 10 people arrested by the Mumbai police teams. "We have started the investigation and will take the custody of the accused from the Mumbai police", added Mangale stating the complete procedure as to how they came in contact with the firm and what vaccine dose they used, is to be investigated.

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