Bathinda : Timely action of Counter Intelligence wing of Punjab Police and sleuths of Health Department prevented a major disaster from taking place in the country as they successfully caught nearly 22,000 bags of synthetic fresh frozen plasma along with a freezing truck at Bathinda in the wee hours on Monday. The whole content, which is learnt to be not less than acid, was meant for supplying to Reliance, where it had to be used in manufacturing human albumin. The police arrested four persons in this connection. Shockingly, one Dilbag Singh was employed with Adesh Hospital as techincal supervisor in blood bank and another identified as Paramjit Singh of Bibiwala village, was posted in some laboratory of Max Hospital, Bathinda.
The two others have been identified as Paramjit Singh of Behman Diwana and Lal Bahadur of UP, who is the truck driver. The police have confiscated the whole quantity, of which about 60 bags were retained by the Health Department for sampling purpose. Confirming the development, Zonal Licensing Authority (Health Department) Amit Duggal, speaking over phone, said the samples would be dispatched to National Institute of Biology, Noida, for the sampling purpose on Tuesday morning. He, however, mentioned that prima facie it was all synthetic fresh frozen plasma, which was dangerous to human lives if injected in any way.
According to the information, the police department got a tip-off about the activity going on in a house located at a secluded place in Behman Diwana village. The things got leaked as the village residents observed a stinking process with also suspecting a freezing truck parked inside that used to remain started round the clock. Before conducting raid, the police and health department formed a joint team and the experts conducted recee of the spot. Finally, they decided to raid the premises on Monday and recovered 21,752 bags containing the synthetic plasma from the spot. On being questioned, the accused disclosed that they had got a contract signed with Reliance for supplying a huge quantity of fresh frozen plasma, which was to be used in producing human albumin. “They charged hefty sum for the consignment but failed to procure the human blood for extracting the fresh plasma.
Claiming to be under heavy pressure of penalty for defaulting on the agreement, they then devised the technique of creating synthetic plasma,’’ nformed Amit Duggal. Divulging details, the Zonal Licencing Authority revealed that the accused confessed that they had used thousands of liters of milk, huge quantity of refined oil, sodium bicarbonate and eggs for preparing the liquid. He also informed that PH level of the content was too high for human nervous system that the injection could lead to death of the patient. About the bags, he clarified that these didn’t belong to Reliance but there was stamp read as ‘Fenpuro’.
Replying to a related query, Duggal said: “It is the first ever case reported in the state of such kind so we are quite particular in extracting the details of it.” The authorities of Adesh Hospital and Max Hospital denied having any kind of involvement in the activity.Meanwhile, the counter intelligence officials were found interrogating the accused at Sadar Police Station as they wanted to ascertain if the gang had some other accomplices too and had they prepared such dangerous formulation even in the past.
What is Fresh Frozen Plasma?
The capitalised phrase Fresh Frozen Plasma in the United States can refer to the fluid portion of one unit of human blood that has been centrifuged, separated, and frozen solid at ?18 °C (0 °F) or colder within eight hours of collection. The phrase ‘FFP’ is often used to mean any transfused plasma product.
What is Human serum albumin?
Human serum albumin is the version of serum albumin found in human blood. It is the most abundant protein in human blood plasma. It constitutes about half of serum protein. It is produced in the liver. It is soluble and monomeric. It is often used to replace lost fluid and help restore blood volume in trauma, burns and surgery patients. In the absence of human blood, the accused used milk, refined oil, sodium bicarbonate and eggs for preparing the liquid which was further to be supplied to Reliance for the production of human albumin
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