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Chhattisgarh Tubectomy deaths: Drug company's director, son arrested

PTI 14 Nov 2014, 13:41:59 PM IST

Raipur: The director of a drug company, which allegedly supplied sub-standard medicines that were administered to the victims of sterilisation surgeries in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur district, and his son were today arrested.

“Mahawar Pharma Pvt Ltd's director Ramesh Mahwar and his son Sumit have been arrested under section 420 for cheating, based on a complaint lodged by Food and Drug Administration authorities,” Raipur  Superintendent of Police O P Pal told PTI.

The FDA had yesterday conducted a raid and sealed a manufacturing unit of the company which supplied an antibiotic drug used at sterilisation camps in Bilaspur district where 13 women died and nearly 138 fell ill.

After preliminary examination of the samples of the medicines collected from the pharmaceutical unit, Drug Inspector Tripti Jain lodged a case against the promoters last night following which the action was taken.

The FDA has suspended sale and supply of products of the company across the state and directives have been issued to chemists and drug suppliers in this connection.

During the raid, a significant quantity of drugs were found burnt at the premises of Mahawar Pharma and a detailed report in this connection will be given to higher authorities, official sources in the drugs control department had said.

Notably, the department had last evening conducted a raid at a unit of Kavita Pharmaceuticals in Bilaspur, which had also allegedly supplied some medicines to the sterilisation camps in the district, and collected samples of drugs from there for testing.

The Chhattisgarh government has already suspended the sale of six drugs used in tubectomy surgeries at separate government-organised sterilisation camps recently in Bilaspur.

Under attack over botched sterilisation surgeries, Chief Minister Raman Singh had yesterday announced a judicial probe into the incidents.

Laparoscopic surgeon Dr R K Gupta of Bilaspur district hospital, who performed tubectomy procedures on 83 women at a camp at Pendari village in a matter of few hours, was arrested on Wednesday.

Dr Gupta and Bilaspur's chief medical and health officer Dr R K Bhange were later dismissed from service by the tate government.

Besides, the government had suspended State Programme Convener, family planning, Dr K C Urao and Block Medical Officer, Takhatpur, Dr Pramod Tiwari and transferred Director Health Services Dr Kamalpreet Singh