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Fake Covid Test: Case filed against Regent Hospital

08 Jul 2020 16:24, Somoy English Desk
Fake Covid Test: Case filed against Regent Hospital
Fake Covid Test: Case filed against Regent Hospital

A case has been filed against the authorities of Regent Hospital in the capital on charge of issuing fake COVID-19 test results and illegally taking money from patients in the name of coronavirus test and treatment.

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) filed the case on Tuesday night with Uttara West Police Station

 Tapan Chandra Saha officer-in–charge (OC)  of the police station said a total of 17 officials of the hospital, including its chairman Md Shahed, have been made accused in the case.

The other accused include Ahsan Habib, 45, works in hospital’s admin, X-Ray Technician Hasan, 49, Health Technologist Hatim Ali, 25, Receptionist Kamrul Islam, 35, Rakibul Islam of Regent Groups’ Project Admin, Regent Group HR (Admin) Amit Anik, 33, Driver Abdus Salam, 25, Executive Officer Abdur Rashid Khan Jewel, 28, its Chairman Md Shahed, 43, Managing Director Masud Parvez, 40 and Hospital Staff Torikul Islam, 33, Abdur Rashid Khan, 29, Shimul Parvez, 25, Deepayan Basu, 32, and Mahbub, 38. 

However, the names of the two other accused could not be ascertained.

The elite force has already arrested eight of the accused in the case, including its Managing Director (MD) Masud Parvez. But the chairman of the hospital, Md Shahed, and eight others went into hiding since Rab conducted two branches of the hospital.

Meanwhile, the arrested eight persons were produced before a Dhaka the court, seeking seven days of remand.

Earlier, the head office of Regent Group and its two hospitals in the capital’s Uttara and Mirpur areas have been sealed off on charges of various allegations, including providing fake Covid-19 test reports and embezzling over Tk3.5 crore in the name of corona test and treatment.

A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) conducted a drive at the head office of Regent Group in the city’s Uttara area.

RAB executive magistrate Sarwoer Alam began the operation together with forces from Rab-1 after 3pm on Tuesday.

Regent Group Chairman Mohammad Shahed’s car was seized at the beginning of the operation.

They also sealed off the head office of the group, said Sarwoer Alam.

During the drive, Sarwoer said they recovered huge unapproved corona testing kits from the office. 

He said they also found many fake corona test reports and certificates there. 

As the two hospitals of the group were sealed off, he said the patients of those have been shifted other hospitals.

The magistrate said the hospital authorities have so far issued more than 10,000 Covid-19 test results though they only sent 4,200 samples at different government labs for tests. “They didn’t test the rest samples, but prepared fake reports and embezzled around Tk 3.5 crore.”

Initially, he said they received complaints about 14 fake reports provided by the hospital and verified those by the Institute of Public Health, and then decided to conduct the drive.

Besides, he said the hospital authorities were supposed provide Covid-19 patients treatment free of cost following an agreement with the government. “But they took money from the government and submitted bills to the government.”

Earlier on Monday, the elite force raided Regent Hospital’s Uttara and Mirpur branches in the capital and sealed off those for providing fake Covid-19 test reports and embezzling huge money from people in the name of corona test and treatments.

Besides, eight officials of the group were arrested for interrogation.

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