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By A Newsman
Hooghly, 6 June: POLICE at Dankuni, on the northern fringes of Kolkata, have confiscated a large consignment of spurious medicine.
The seized medicine includes two brands of antacid that are household names in Bengal and are often bought by people as over-the-counter (OTC) drug without a doctor’s prescription.
These are ~ Gelusil MPS syrup manufactured by Pfizer India, and PAN MPS syrup manufactured by Alkem Labs. Both the companies are headquartered in Mumbai.
The seizure was made by police in the wee hours today at Dankuni’s Delhi Road Crossing.
Acting on a tipoff, police stopped a Tata Ace goods vehicle and found six cartons of Gelusil and PAN syrup in 200 ml bottles, 1,000 litres of loose syrup in large plastic containers, five cartons of empty bottles, and labels of the two syrup brands.
On being questioned, the driver of the vehicle, Debiprasad Roy, told police that he was ferrying the consignment from Rishra to Chanditala ~ both in Hooghly district. But he could not produce documents necessary to transport medicines. Besides this, he could not give any convincing reply as regards the loose syrup, empty bottles, and medicine labels.
Following this, police arrested the driver and confiscated the vehicle along with the fake medicines. Later in the day, the driver was produced at Seerampore Sub-division Court and judge remanded him to six days police custody.
Hooghly SP Sukesh Jain said that they suspect a large organised racket to be involved in the manufacture and sale of fake medicines of fame brands. These are mostly active in Hooghly, Howrah, Nadia, and Murshidabad.