4 lakh tonnes of used gloves seized; one held

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The Navi Mumbai Crime Department’s Unit I seized 4 lakh tonnes of used gloves from a unit at Gami Industrial Park in Pawane MIDC on Tuesday. The officers stated the gloves have been being washed, dried and repackaged on the market.

Senior police inspector Subhash Nikam shaped a workforce and raided Signal for Security India Non-public Restricted based mostly on a tip-off acquired by assistant police inspector Rahul Rakh from Unit I. The workforce seized 263 sacks with 4 lakh tonnes of used hand gloves and 17 packets of washed and dried gloves.

Purchased from hospitals

The officers arrested Prashant Ashok Surve (38), a resident of Belapur, who ran the unit together with 16 staff. He stated he procured the gloves from a number of hospitals within the State.

Mr. Rakh stated, “Two computerized prime load washing machines and three blowers have been used to scrub and dry the gloves. The gloves have been bought at ₹300 per kg and offered at ₹15 per pair. The accused has offered these gloves in lots of States after receiving on-line orders. We’re verifying if another distributor is concerned within the sale of those gloves.”

The officers stated the accused earlier ran Siddhi Sai Arts, which made digital signboards. With lockdown restrictions affecting his enterprise, he began promoting hand sanitisers, face masks and private safety tools kits. Whereas the opposite merchandise have been bought with an bill, no document of shopping for the hand gloves was discovered.

‘Had bloodstains’

The officers stated among the gloves had bloodstains. The Crime Department has launched an investigation to determine the hospitals that offered the used gloves to Mr. Surve as a substitute of disposing them of as biomedical waste.

Mr. Surve was charged underneath Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act prone to unfold an infection of illness harmful to life) and 420 (dishonest) of the Indian Penal Code, and related provisions of the Epidemic Ailments Act and the Catastrophe Administration Act.

The accused was produced earlier than the courtroom on Wednesday and has been remanded in police custody until August 26.

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