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Madhya Pradesh: Two arrested for charging cash to ebook vaccination slots on CoWin

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Two folks have been arrested in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul district for providing Covid-19 vaccination slots at a cost of Rs 800.
The incident got here to mild following a grievance made by district immunisation officer, Arvind Bhatt, who learnt of a message being circulated on WhatsApp teams providing vaccination slots at Rs 800 for these between 18-44 years of age.

Two youths recognized as Dinesh Kalme (29) and Narendra Yadav (21) first struck on the thought after they might simply ebook slots for themselves and received vaccinated final week, Ganj police station in-charge Praveen Kumar mentioned.
Using high-speed web of the store the place they labored, the 2 use to attempt all day to ebook slots on CoWin for these keen to pay cash.
The two received caught after a message that they had drafted as an commercial with a hyperlink hooked up permitting folks to get added to their WhatsApp group ‘Vaccination Slots Available” reached the immunisation officer.

“It was fairly simple. People willing to pay for a slot would get added to the group and give their identification cards. The duo would then book slots for them after accepting payment through Phone Pay and such modes. We are going through their account details to ascertain how many people paid up to them for this service,” Kumar instructed.
According to the police, the accused took benefit of vaccination scarcity the place restricted slots can be found and practically all slots get occupied with the 10-Quarter-hour of the CoWin portal opening up. The two have been booked beneath part 51 of the Disaster Management Act together with related sections of the Epidemic Act.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Additional SP, Shradha Joshi of Betul police mentioned, “The portal and vaccination is absolutely free of charge as mandated by the government. Since the duo had better knowledge of the internet and access to high-speed internet they began misusing it for making money and have been arrested.”