IBN7’s ‘Operation Yamraj’ revealed counterfeit medicine racket

MUMBAI: Operation Yamraj, a sting operation conducted by IBN7, unearthed a big racket of manufacturing and selling of fake & counterfeit medicines. The racket is based out of Meerut, not very far from the National Capital Delhi. 

IBN7’s undercover reporter approached the masterminds of the racket posing as a businessman dealing in medicines. They were ready to supply cheap chemicals packaged in the bottles of a reputed company. They were so confident of their fake products that they claimed even the owners of these reputed companies will not be able to find any difference. They primarily target the medicines that are sold over the counter and do not require a medical practitioner’s prescription. Their offerings include medicines from common ailments such as cough, fever and pain to serious diseases of liver & kidney.

The channel aired Operation Yamraj on 1 December 2015 at 9 pm. The Uttar Pradesh administration took cognizance of this immediately and the UP Health Department has ordered an investigation into the matter. Raids are being conducted at various places in Meerut by the UP Police in co-ordination with other concerned departments. S P Yadav, State Minister of Medical & Health, Uttar Pradesh has assured that strict action will be taken against the accused. Many prominent leaders including Rajiv Shukla, K C Tyagi, Jagdambika Pal and Meerut MP Rajeev Agarwal across political parties have lauded IBN7’s efforts and have promised to raise the issue in Parliament. Former UP CM Mayawati has demanded a CBI enquiry into the matter. The story found great traction on social media with the hashtag #IBN7OpYamraj was amongst the top trends in India.

Commenting on the same, IBN7 Deputy Managing Editor Sumit Awasthi asserted, “As a responsible and leading news channel, we are committed to pursuing and uncovering stories that directly impact people across the country. Our team worked on this sting for close to 2 months committing ourselves fully to this story given its serious ramifications.”

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