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HARIDWAR: An ongoing investigation into the Kumbh scam, where over 1 lakh fake Covid tests were allegedly conducted to meet the daily target directed by the Uttarakhand high court, revealed that only nine of the 22 labs that conducted the tests during the month-long mela signed a contract with a biomedical waste disposal agency. The remaining 13 labs, including the two named in the FIR – Nalwa Laboratories and Dr Lalchandani Labs – disposed of the waste in the open or mixed them with domestic waste, reports M S Nawaz. Syringes and other waste from testing were discarded near the testing sites, which included several Ganga ghats, police said.
Investigating officer Rakendra Singh Kathith told TOI, “As the case (on Kumbh scam) was registered under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, we had contacted Medical Pollution Control Committee (MPCC), which is the only agency in Haridwar equipped to collect and dispose of biomedical waste. The agency said only nine labs had entered into an agreement with them to collect the waste generated from Covid testing. It turned out most of the labs had not bothered to properly dispose of highly-hazardous waste. It is possible that the labs mixed the waste with domestic waste or dumped it in the open,” he said.

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