Trinamool MP falls ill after getting fake vaccine

27 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty - who four days ago was tricked into taking a fake Covid vaccine shot by a man masquerading as an IAS officer - fell ill Saturday, according to a report by PTI.

The report said the doctor who attended to Chakraborty - the Lok Sabha representative from Bengal’s Jadavpur - said it was too early to link her illness to the fake vaccine.

Sources close to her family told PTI Ms Chakraborty suffered dehydration and a stomach ache, and that her blood pressure had dipped. She is, however, in stable condition now, they added.

The actress-politician was previously diagnosed with gall bladder and liver-related ailments.

On Wednesday, Debanjan Deb - who allegedly pretended to be an IAS officer and supervised thousands of vaccinations in Kolkata - was arrested.

This was after Chakraborty was administered a ‘vaccine’ at one of his ‘camps’.

The Trinamool leader said she agreed to attend Deb’s ‘camp’ - which he claimed was being organised by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation - and get vaccinated to encourage people to get the shot.

She said she became suspicious after failing to receive a confirmation message from CoWIN - the centre’s digital vaccination portal that tracks and certifies every vaccination in the country.

Police have said Deb injected people with an antibiotic - Amikacin - instead of the vaccine and without checking if they were allergic to any particular drugs; an adverse reaction could have proved fatal.

Debanjan Deb may now be charged with attempt to murder - a charge called for by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who instructed the Kolkata Police Commissioner to hunt down all involved.

Three others have been arrested as well - two for forging signatures to open bank accounts, and a third for taking an active part in the vaccination camps. All three will be produced in court today.

Police have also filed three additional cases - for cheating people of almost Rs. 1 crore.

Pointing to photos of Deb with Trinamool leaders, the opposition BJP has called for a CBI probe.

A similar scam was unearthed in Mumbai, where around 2,000 people were apparently given saline, or salt water, instead of Covid vaccines. Ten people have been arrested and multiple cases filed.