Taufik Shaikh, a licensed ethanol seller in Maharashtra, was arrested for illegally supplying 1.75 lakh litres of ethanol to scamsters in Gujarat. This ethanol was used to manufacture a counterfeit Ayurvedic syrup, leading to seven deaths.
Shaikh sold the ethanol to Yogesh Sindhi of Kheda and others in Dev-Bhoomi Dwarka, Rajkot, and Silvassa, who were involved in producing similar fake syrups. Sindhi, however, did not possess the necessary license to purchase ethanol.
The scamsters concocted the syrup by mixing water, sweetener, ethanol, and citric acid. The presence of methanol in the syrup bottles is under investigation. The syrup, sold across Gujarat, contained no Ayurvedic ingredients, and the ethanol was directly added to the bottle by the scamsters.
Shaikh sold the ethanol at Rs 140 per litre. The racket, operational since 2020, was busted on December 7, 2023, with eight arrests and recovery of 2 crore syrup bottles worth over Rs 42 crore. Similar operations were also busted in Rajkot and Silvassa.
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