Uttarakhand STF Raids Illegal Pharma Units and Stops Interstate Counterfeit Drug Racket

Police in Uttarakhand seized more than 15 lakh of counterfeit tablets of many top brands, raw materials, chemicals and printing equipment during the raids on the illegal pharmaceutical units.

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand Police Special Task Force (STF) busted an interstate counterfeit drug manufacturing racket and raided several illegal pharmaceutical factories across the state during an overnight operation, officials said on Sunday. .

The raids were carried out in Bhagwanpur and Laksar areas of Haridwar district. Officials said to tackle the roots of the illegal trade, raids were also carried out in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

The police also seized more than 15 lakh counterfeit tablets of many top brands along with raw materials, chemicals and printing equipment from these units.

Fake drugs made in these illegal units were previously supplied across the country, the STF said, adding that it had been monitoring these factories for two months.

The drugs seized included antibacterial drugs like amoxicillin clavulanate, which was produced on behalf of a Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company. Some drugs were also manufactured on behalf of pharmaceutical companies located in Solan in Himachal Pradesh.

STF Police Chief Superintendent Ajay Singh said the factory owner was not licensed to manufacture the products.

Police said such rackets have flourished for many years. This is not the first time such action has been taken against fake drug manufacturing units in Roorkee of Haridwar.

Officials familiar with the matter said the Bhagwanpur unit had been sealed off before, but despite this, it was run illegally.

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