Debanjan Dev, posing as an IAS officer, held a fake COVID-19 vaccination camp where hundreds of people received vaccines, including Mimi Chakraborty.
The MP grew concerned when she discovered that the Aadhaar card was not being used to register for the CoWin app. As a result, no one's phone received the SMS message. She informed the Kolkata police of her suspicions. Kolkata Police detained Debanjan, who allegedly set up a free vaccination program while claiming to be a joint municipal commissioner of the KMC.
Chakraborty told India Today TV that she was promised she'd get her vaccination certificate when she went home. They later said to her that it would take three to four days. Chakraborty was skeptical when she was told the certificate would arrive in 3-4 days. She inquired other campers who had received the COVID-19 vaccine if they had received a registration message or a vaccine certificate, and none of them had.
Although the vaccination program was allegedly coordinated by the KMC, Susanta Ghosh, a local councilor and Borough chairman, was unaware of it. The police were likewise unaware of any such camp being held by the KMC.
During the interrogation, the accused Debanjan described himself as the joint commissioner of KMC, and an identity card of an IAS officer was also shown, according to police sources. However, due to inconsistencies in his account, he was arrested and taken to the police station. Amid constant interrogation, Debanjan finally broke down and confessed to the crime reports India Today.
Debanjan reportedly held various documents, including forged identification cards, official stamps, and request forms for collecting vaccines from medical facilities.
Financial Express reports Kolkata Police are investigating the possible consequences people might face because of the fake vaccines administered to hundreds of people. Kolkata Police Detective Department is handling this case now. On June 24, the MP posted a video on her Instagram stating that she is doing well and asked people to be aware of fake vaccination drives.