Pramesh S Jain .
The Central Crime Branch sleuths busted the fake N95 Mask racket and raided the fake mask-making warehouse on Tuesday. By arresting the accused and team has seized over 12,000 fake N95 masks worth of Rs.20 lakhs from there possession.
The accused has been identified as,Asgar and another accused Amir Arshad absconding,will be arrested soon.
The central and state governments are engaged with full force to prevent the corona virus epidemic.At the same time, profiteers are playing with people’s lives.
The filtering masks have been in demand since the outbreak of the novel corona virus,which has claimed 32 lives and affected 1,251 people in the country.
Based on the credible information the raid was conducted in the godown of ZIS Engineering,BNC Bangalore Diabetic Centre,located in Kalyan Nagar,in Bengaluru.
Police said that the accused used to make a mask with a normal cloth and were selling it in the market at the same price as the N95 mask.Let me tell you that N95 mask is considered to be the best for the protection against corona virus.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil,told media persons that the Central Crime Branch sleuths based on tip off officers and staff raided a warehouse and seized 12 thousand fake N95 masks.The accused used a mask made of ordinary cloth and put a fake N95 seal on it and sold it at an expensive price.
He said that we will find such anti-social people who are taking advantage of this crisis.So far, the accused has sold 70,000 masks at a cost of Rs 1.05 crore.
The warehouse in Kalyan Nagar was raided on Monday night and 12,300 fake N95 masks worth Rs 20 lakh were seized, it said.
There is a shortage of these masks in the market.Complaints have also been received by authorities that masks are being sold at exorbitant prices.
A case has been registered at the Banaswadi police station and further investigation is on and finally Bengaluru Police commissioner,Bhaskar Rao,has appreciated,Joint CP, Crime,Sandeep Patil,DCP Crime,Kuldeep Kumar R Jain,DCP Crime-2,KP Ravikumar and their whole team who has done tremendous job by arresting the accused and busting the fake N95 face Mask racket he added.