Traders of hope have taken action in India, which has been hit hard by a second wave of the Corona virus pandemic. In fake vaccine centers, thousands of people were injected with saline instead of corona virus vaccine. After the incident was heard, 14 people, including doctors and health workers, were arrested. It was stated that the fraudsters earned about 28 thousand dollars (about 142 thousand liras) from fake vaccines.
Indian authorities have announced that thousands of people have been victims of a wide-ranging scam selling fake coronavirus vaccines. After the investigation, it was stated that many doctors and health workers were arrested.
Vishal Thakur, senior official of Mumbai’s police department, said at least 12 rounds of fake vaccinations had been carried out in or near Mumbai, the financial hub in the western state of Maharashtra.
“They were using salt water and injecting them. They were doing this in every fake vaccination camp they were holding. We arrested doctors. They were using a hospital that produced fake certificates, bottles, syringes,” Thakur said.
However, Thakur said an estimated 2,500 people were given fake injections. In addition, the organizers earned a total of $28,000 (approximately $242k) by charging their victims for the vaccine.
Due to the incident so far, fraud, attempted murder, conspiracy, etc. 14 people were arrested for crimes. Thakur said more arrests could come as police continue to investigate other people involved in the fraud.
India, on the other hand, has been hit hard by a second wave of coronavirus, which infected millions across the country between April and June and killed tens of thousands. Daily cases have gradually declined after peaking in May. The pressure on his system then eased, allowing authorities to step up vaccination programs as the country recovers.
In June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a centralized vaccination scheme by the central government, where a significant portion of free vaccines would be provided to the states. Shortly after, the country set a record of 8 million daily doses per day, Modi said. More than 62 million people, about 4.5 percent of India’s population, have been fully vaccinated so far, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
On the other hand, according to the news of CNN International, fake vaccine applications took place between the end of May and the beginning of June. Authorities began investigating after some victims of fraud, who were suspicious of their vaccination certificates, reported the situation to the police.
One of the fake vaccination camps took place in a crowded residential community. “None of our members had any symptoms, and we also had to pay in cash. At that time, we suspected it,” said a resident.
After the police investigation, different cases started to come. Siddharth Chandrashekhar, a lawyer in Mumbai, filed a public interest lawsuit on June 24. At this point, the prosecutor confirmed that the victims of the fraud numbered more than 2,500. The Bombay High Court called the allegations “truly shocking” and urged state and local authorities to take action “to ensure that innocent individuals are not deceived in the future”.