Police arrested the owner of a wholesale medicine shop and his brother-in-law from their shop at Serampore in Hooghly on charges of selling medicines by changing their expiry dates.
Acting on a tip-off, senior officials of the drug control cell and local police conducted a raid in the shop and godown of SS Enterprise on Raja Ram Mohan Roy Sarani at Serampore.
Policemen from the local police station gheraoed the shop and did not allow anyone to come out.
There were many customers buying medicines from the shop when the officials conducted the raid.
They were allowed to go only after proper checking. The officials searched the shop and the godown. They found many cardboard boxes containing medicines with changed expiry dates.
The accused shop owner Anil Roy and his brother-in-law Sampad Sarkar have been arrested.
The accused used to use a chemical to erase the details on the strips of medicines, the expiry dates of which had already passed, and used to reprint a new date to sell them.
The accused was also the distributor of a branded medicine company. Police suspect that they used to reprint expiry dates of the medicines which are manufactured by the company.
After the salesmen used to return all unsold medicines to them, instead to returning it to the company they used to sell the same medicines after changing the expiry dates.
Police initiated interrogating the accused to know who else is involved with the racket and how far they have managed to spread their tentacles.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Anil and one of his associates was arrested earlier on similar charges. Recently he once again started his "old business" to make quick money.
It may be recalled that a few months ago, another medicine distributor was arrested from Belur in Howrah for selling medicines after changing their expiry dates.