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Syringes dumped on road

Piles of cartons with medical items like saline bottles and syringes spilling out of them were found dumped right next to railway tracks in downtown Argora on Wednesday morning, sparking alarm in the area.

The residents initially thought that medical waste had been discarded in the area and started making frantic calls to the authorities and mediapersons. Later, it emerged that the cartons belonged to a Ghaziabad-based pharmaceutical company, Albert David Ltd, and were to be transferred to the company’s depot. However, it’s not clear how the boxes landed along the tracks.

“I had gone out for morning walk around 5am when I spotted large cartons and bottles lying on the roadside. On a closer look, I saw that these were medical items like saline bottles and syringes, but couldn’t be whether they were hazardous or not,” Rameshwar Sahu, a local resident, told The Telegraph.

Another said that he had seen a 10-wheeler lorry emptying its stock at the spot around 2am. When he demanded to know what was happening, the driver fled.

Mukesh Poddar, local head of Albert David Ltd, rushed to the spot around 11am.

“I was surprised when a representative of another pharmaceutical company, who perhaps lives in the area, called me to say that our stocks were lying on the road. A truck was supposed to bring the consignment from Ghaziabad to our Ranchi depot for local supply, but it suddenly went missing from Lohardaga on Tuesday evening. Later, we got information that the driver got arrested in Kudu, Lohardaga,” Poddar said.

Later, the truck was traced to Bariatu in the evening.

Officer in charge of Argora police station P.K. Das said: “Preliminary investigations suggest that the truck was hijacked by some goons in Lohardaga. A case has been lodged in Kudu police station. We are looking into the matter along with Lohardaga police.”

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