New Delhi: Serum Institute has revealed to Kolkata Police that the seized vials with labels of Covishield vaccine in the false vaccine case in Kolkata were not Covishield vaccine. For further trials, Kolkata Police has sent those vials to the Drug Controller for chemical testing.
In June, it was brought to Kolkata Police’s notice that a fake vaccination camp was set up by one 28-year-old Debanjan Deb. After his detention for allegedly setting up doubtful inoculation camps in Kolkata, he revealed during an investigation that he had written to Pune’s Serum Institute seeking Covishield vaccines vials. Deb, who had pretended to be a joint commissioner of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, also insisted that he had organised two fake camps in the city, and not multiple ones, as advised by many quarters, the officer told reporters.
“Detectives, so far, have exposed eight bank accounts used by the accused to perform his criminal activities. Ten others, who worked under him at some point, have been called in for interrogation,” the senior officer said.
During the probe, the police also discovered that the 28-year-old used to write letters to different government agencies and “put receipt stamps on those to convince people”, he said. The Kolkata Police later imposed attempt-to-murder charge on Deb and three of his aids along with other sections of the IPC.
Actor and Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty, who had taken her inoculation at the Kasba camp unit by Deb, was the first to lecture as she did not receive the customary SMS sent by government after inoculation.