Mumbai’s Versova Police on 19 June registered a second FIR in an alleged scam of vaccination of the employees of a film production house in the city. The fraud was conducted by the same group that duped residents of the Hiranandani Estate Society in Mumbai.
On 29 May 150 employees and family members of Matchbox Pictures were given their first shot of Covishield vaccine. This vaccination drive was conducted by the same group of people who conducted the fake drive at Kandivali’s Hiranandani Estate Society.
The society has 435 flats, comprising three residential towers and around 390 residents participated in the drive. The residents had in their complaint stated that a facilitator, Rajesh Pandey, who claimed to be a sales representative from Kokilaben Hospital, negotiated with them for providing 400 vaccine doses on their society premises. They further stated that each dose cost Rs 1,260 and around Rs 5 lakh was paid to the facilitator.
“We have registered an FIR. Accused are the same as those arrested by Kandivali police station. We will take their custody once the investigation by Kandivali Police is over,” said a senior official from Versova police station. Kandivali Police has till now arrested four accused in the Hiranandani case.
The vaccine beneficiaries weren’t given any vaccination certificates even after they received the jabs.
The accused told them that due to a backlog, their certificates would be issued a week later. The beneficiaries soon got worried because none of them experienced any symptoms following the jab.
An FIR was registered at the Versova police station under Sections 268 (public nuisance), 270 (malignant act which is likely to spread infection of any disease dangerous to life), 274 (adulteration of drugs), 275 (sale of adulterated drugs), 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery) and relevant sections of IT Act and Epidemic Diseases Act.
Senior Inspector of Versova police station Siraaj Inamdar confirmed the development.