KUMBH COVID19 TESTING SCAM: Police case registered against testing labs.

Recently the Covid19 testing scam at Kumbh Mela came to light. Following which the Uttrakhand government issued orders to the Haridwar District Administration to register a case against the labs that conducted the tests. Last week, the Haridwar district administration ordered a thorough investigation as the reports so stated that over one lakh ‘fake’ Covid19 tests were conducted during the religious gatherings. These results were allegedly issued in the name of random people on the basis of their identity cards and phone numbers.

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A picture of the Kumbh Mela in which almost 70 lakh devotees participated.

Almost 22 private labs, mainly from Haryana and Delhi were responsible for the testing. 70lakhs devotees approximately from all corners of the country participated in Mahakumbh which is one of the largest religious gatherings of the world. Considering the prevailing second wave of coronavirus in the country, the Uttrakhand High Court had ordered 50,000 cases per day. News daily stated that the possible reason for the scam is meeting the huge number of daily requirements.

However, on Thursday, the State Health Department registered an FIR against two private labs and Max corporate agency. The two labs are reportedly Lalchandani Labs and Nalwa Lab in Nagar Kotwali, according to Senior Superintendent of Police in Haridwar Senthil Abudai Krishnaraj.

Haridwar's district magistrate, C. Ravishankar said, "A detailed inquiry is expected in ten days as there are a lot of samples. A special investigation team will be formed. It is not possible for a lab to conduct so many tests. A case has also been registered over matters pertaining to ICMR accreditation and empanelment."

The Chief Minister of Uttrakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat said that strict actions will be taken against the authorities involved in the alleged covid19 testing scam. His statement was perhaps interpreted as a pointing finger at the former government.

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