Ghaziabad police bust fake medicine racket

May 26th, 2009 - 11:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, May 26 (IANS) The Ghaziabad police Tuesday claimed to have busted a racket in counterfeit medicines of internationally renowned prestigious brands. A huge cache of fake medicines worth at least Rs.five million was recovered in the raid.
Wrappers, packaging material, machines and chemicals were also seized and four people arrested in the raid by the special operations group (SOG) at a house in Nandgram area under Sihani Gate police station of the city, superintendent of police (city) Anant Dev said.

The raid followed a tip off.

The unit was manufacturing fake versions of prestigious brands of medicines like Honitus of Dabur India Ltd, Corex made by Pfizer, Iodex made by Glaxo, Benadryl of Johnson & Johnson, Vicks vaporub made by Proctor & Gamble, Glycodin of Alembic, Torex made by Torcuque Pharma, Anne French hair remover made by Wyeth and Boroline made by GD Pharma.

The police seized about 50 cartons of finished goods from the spot in addition to huge stocks of wrappers, packaging materials and machines.

The police also recovered stationery material of the firm, mentioning its name as Avadh Pharma with UP Trade Tax registration number 0073219360 and telephone number 9288804372 besides fake seals of different prestigious companies.

The arrested workers were identified as Raju Chaudhary, Rudal Singh, Lal Bhai and Mukesh Sahni. They confessed that they were working for Vinod Bhardwaj, who was absconding, the official said.

“Earlier this manufacturer was working from Mahendra Enclave. We had to wait for an appropriate time when he shifted his site from there to Nandgram area. We came to know from a wrapper supplier that Bhardwaj had shifted and it was due to effective telephonic surveillance and police support, we could bust the racket,” said Navneet Sharma, a private detective who runs Crossword Investigative Service and assisted the police in the raid.

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