Meanwhile, a three-member committee has been appointed under deputy municipal commissioner Yogesh Kaduskar to conduct a thorough probe into the matter and submit a detailed report within a fortnight. All the tests carried out by NMMC so far will now be scrutinised individually to find the exact number of fake negative reports issued by the civic body, said NMMC officials.
Ankush Kadam, coordinator of Maratha Kranti Morcha’s Navi Mumbai unit, had alleged that Covid reports of a number of people, some of whom were dead, figure in the NMMC records. Kadam took up the matter with NMMC commissioner Abhijit Bangar and demanded an investigation. Kadam also alleged manipulation and corruption in Covid-19 tests conducted by the civic body.
“As part of contact tracing, if anyone is suspected to have come in contact with someone who has tested Covid positive, they need to be tested too. However, the labs are testing only one person, but preparing fake negative reports in the names of the contacts or family members of Covid patients, after gathering details from them,” Kadam said, adding he and his associates are ready to cooperate with the probe committee.
Kadam said, “After collecting the names from the ICMR database on Covid-19 reports, we started cross-checking cases to find whether they have undergone such tests in any of the NMMC testing centres across the city. Our team members called up hundreds of people and visited their homes and we found that they have never visited the testing centres.”
NMMC chief Bangar said, “Based on prima facie evidence, action was taken against Sachin Nemane and nobody will be spared. There is no mala fide intention in the whole case as it happened due to a data entry problem. More such cases cannot be ruled out, for which I have ordered a probe. Each and every test will be scrutinised and I will personally monitor it.”
Pravin Darekar, opposition leader in the state legislative council, too, had demanded an inquiry into the matter after meeting the NMMC commissioner.