Mumbai, March 25 | In the second such operation in two days, the Vile Parle police swooped on a private warehouse and seized 400,000 masks worth around Rs 1 crore hoarded there, an official said here on Wednesday.
The consignment stored in 200 boxes was apparently intended for sale in the black market or export since the masks are currently in high demand worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While controlling the crowds at a market last night, Inspector Rajendra Kane got a tip-off of illegal storage of a large quantity of the three-ply face masks near the cargo complex warehouse near the Sahar Airport vicinity.
Under directions from Deputy Commissioner of Police (VIII) Manjunath Shinge, a team was set up which raided the Shah Warehousing & Transport Godown near the international airport and seized the masks.
This is the second big seizure after yesterday’s operation in which 2.50 milion masks including 325,000 N-90 masks were recovered from a godown near the airport and a warehouse in Bhiwandi town in Thane by Mumbai Police Crime Branch.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has lauded the police efforts in detecting and busting the rackets of hoarding or smuggling of masks, considered vital in the war against virus’ being waged in the country.
Further investigations are under way in both the cases to ascertain whether these were being exported and links to other gangs that may be involved in the rackets.
Bangalore, April 02, 2020 : The nationwide lockdown to combat Coronavirus outbreak in the country has led to severe difficulties for the poor and homeless people. In an effort to help the needy, Greenwood High International School, has come forward to do their bit to the cause. The school have undertaken the initiative to prepare food for 300 underprivileged families every day and distribute in and around Sarjapur area with the help of Sarjapur police station. This would be a continuous support from the school authority towards the needy people until the lockdown ends. While distributing the food, the school authority also followed the social distancing norms and ensured that necessary precautionary measures like masks and gloves were used in the entire process to provide clean and hygienic food to the people.
Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High said: “As much as we believe in inculcating the values of benevolence and philanthropy among our students, we practise these ourselves too. Greenwood High has always been compassionate to help those in need and we continue to do so. We are mindful of contributing to the society in multiple ways and are proud to leverage our sources towards such an important cause. Several NGOs, individuals and businesses are pitching in to help the citizens and government through various initiatives with the hope that humanity would survive these dreadful times of coronavirus onslaught. We believe that only by active collaboration between all the members of the society, we will be able to overcome the impact of this pandemic.”