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Indian American 7-Eleven Owner Arrested over Selling Home Made Sanitizer

Manisha Bharade had mixed pink liquid, water and foaming sanitizer and then packaged the concoction in bottles for sale at the 7-Eleven

(L) Manisha Bharade, (R) Home made sanatizer (Photo: Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office)

RIVER VALE, NJ- The owner of a 7-Eleven in River Vale, New Jersey, was arrested and accused of selling a home-made “spray sanitizer” that burned four boys.

Police took on the case after receiving information from social media that three 10-year-olds and one 11-year-old had been injured after using the product, according to a statement from the state attorney general and Bergen County prosecutor.

The store owner, Manisha Bharade, of Wood-Ridge, was charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one of deceptive business practices.

Bharade had mixed pink liquid, water and foaming sanitizer, which was meant for commercial use and not for resale, and then packaged the concoction in bottles for sale at the 7-Eleven on Rivervale Road, according to the statement.

Fourteen were sold. Police are on the hunt for nine bottles that remain unaccounted for.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal slammed business owners price-gouging during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Anyone who purchased hand sanitizer from the River Vale 7-Eleven is asked to contact the River Vale Police Department at 201-664-1111.

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