Fake Plasma Donor Duped Over 200 People in Hyderabad, ArrestedTop Stories

July 21, 2020 19:34
Fake Plasma Donor Duped Over 200 People in Hyderabad, Arrested

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A 25-year-old man, Sandeep Reddy would reportedly introduce himself as a recovered COVID-19 patient who was willing to donate his plasma.

According to Hyderabad Police, the accused has decided to cash on the name of plasma donation to the needy. It was first such instance of crime that has been reported in the current COVID-19 times.

Reddy was arrested by police on Monday after cheating over 200 people by promising to donate plasma for coronavirus patients and arranging drugs.

The accused used to browse different social networking sites to find out those seeking plasma and would contact them over phone through a telephonic conversation and would introduce himself as a coronavirus recovered patient, as per the press release from the Police.

In the same manner, he also cheated various patients in the name of providing COVID-19 drug which can be used for COVID-19 patients.

The issue has come to light after one of the victims approached the Police to complain against the accused.

The accused, Sandeep Reddy hails from Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh and is a resident of Hyderabad.

According to Police, Sandeep had realized the growing demand for plasma donors and anti-viral drugs in the state and started looking for victims on social media.

In certain cases, he would introduce himself as the drug dealer who sells Tocilizumaab 400 mg injection.

After gaining confidence from the victims, he would request them to transfer the money towards his travel expenses. Once the online transactions were successful he would give the victims a slip.

Sandeep Reddy has already been booked under two theft cases in Visakhapatnam and was released recently from the jail.

In connection with the offences, he had been charged under section 406, criminal breach of trust, section 420, cheating; section 66 D of IT act 2008, at four different police stations, including the central crime station in Hyderabad.

The commissioner’s task force of the eastern region of Hyderabad had nabbed him and transferred his case to Punjagutta Police station for further investigation.

Meanwhile, Telangana has reported 45,076 confirmed positive cases as on July 21, 2020 with 415 deaths. The state has registered 1,198 new cases on Monday and the fatalities have reached to 422.

Also, phase-1 clinical human trials of ‘Covaxin’ vaccine from Bharat Biotech has been started at the government-run Nizam’s College of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad continues to remain the hotspot of the coronavirus in the state.

By Gayatri Yellayi

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