By A Newsman
Kolkata, 09 March: POLICE have busted a racket in the heart of Kolkata that has been re-marketing expired medicines by printing new manufacturing and expiry dates on them.
Two traders ~ Pawan Jhunjhunwala and Rinesh Sarogi ~ who are part of that racket, have been arrested. Jhunjhunwala is the owner of a printing press located at Canning Street at Burrabazar; Sarogi runs a medicine wholesale business at Belur in Howrah.
According to Kolkata Police, the state drug controller yesterday lodged a complaint at Lalbazar informing about expired medicines being re-marketed from Burrabazar.
Acting on this, police today noon raided Jhunjhunwala’s printing press at 21 Canning Street and found four cartons containing tablets and capsules strips. The tablets and capsules are mostly vitamin supplements and antibiotics.
On being quizzed, Jhunjhunwala told cops that those were given to him by Sarogi to print the manufacturing and expiry dates afresh. He further told police that his staff used nail polish remover to wipe out the original manufacturing and expiry dates from the strips and reprinted new ones on them as desired by Sarogi.
Sarogi used to collect the expired medicines from other wholesale medicine outlets in and around Kolkata.
Following the startling revelation, police fist arrested Jhunjhunwala, and next arrested Sarogi from his residence at Golabari in Howrah. The two have been booked under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, and would be produced in court tomorrow.