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His arrest has thrown gentle on a wide-ranging rip-off that has uncovered the darkish aspect of the well being sector of Bangladesh.

IANS Dhaka
Final Up to date: July 18, 2020, 11:22 AM IST

A hospital proprietor in Bangladesh has been arrested on fees of fraud to a tune of about $350,000 for allegedly issuing 1000’s of pretend Covid-19 take a look at outcomes to deceive people.

Mohammad Shahed, the hospital proprietor, was arrested on July 15, 9 days after he managed to evade the authorities, when he was making an attempt to cross a river to flee to India, carrying a burqa — to cover himself from the general public and police, officers mentioned.

His arrest has thrown gentle on a wide-ranging rip-off that has uncovered the darkish aspect of the well being sector of Bangladesh.

Shahed took benefit of the delays in take a look at outcomes of coronavirus. These in search of checks have confronted irritating delays, with many pressured to attend in lengthy queues, typically in a single day. The brand new scandal may have an effect on public confidence in testing, and additional dissuade people from getting examined altogether.

A court docket in Dhaka on Thursday granted Shahed’s custody to police for 10 days.

Lt Col Ashique Billah, Director of Authorized and Media wing of Speedy Motion Battalion (RAB), the elite drive of Bangladesh, in an unique interview with IANS on Friday night time, mentioned that Shahed is a ‘Cheat-Idol’, who had made dishonest an artwork, and has confessed to offering sufferers with pretend detrimental take a look at outcomes for the novel coronavirus.

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Q: What did Shahed say throughout interrogation?

A: He has confessed to all his crimes.

Q: What crime did he commit, as per his confession?

A: He admitted that he made many pretend studies with out testing Covid-19. Shahed additionally confessed about charging people for Covid-19 remedies and offering the pretend paperwork certifying they didn’t contract the coronavirus, even after agreeing with the federal government that he would supply these providers freed from cost.

Q: When Shahed was arrested, there was raid at his workplace and pretend foreign money notes have been additionally discovered there. What’s his assertion on this regard?

A: Based mostly on the knowledge he offered, we traced his secret hideout. A whole lot of pretend notes have been discovered there. He used to present pretend cash to those that bought items to him. He used to cover pretend cash contained in the bundle of cash. He additionally bought counterfeit cash however the RAB has not but discovered any proof of that.

Apart from Shahed, the police additionally questioned JKG Healthcare chief govt officer Ariful Chowdhury within the presence of his spouse, Dr Sabrina Arif Chowdhury, additionally the chairperson of the corporate on Thursday, and quizzed each of them.

Through the preliminary investigation, it emerged that JKG swindled large sum of money via its telemedicine providers. A probe could be launched into the matter to find the place the cash has gone, a police officer advised IANS.

Throughout questioning, the couple confessed to issuing pretend studies of coronavirus. However, they blamed one another for his or her fraudulent actions.

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A Dhaka court docket on Friday despatched JKG Well being Care chairperson and doctor Sabrina Arif Chowdhury on 2-day contemporary remand.

Sabrina was arrested on July 12.

She was additionally suspended from her submit as a doctor at Nationwide Institute of Cardiovascular Ailments.

Cops mentioned Sabrina blamed her husband. Additionally, she claimed that she has divorced her husband, and that she solely served as a volunteer at JKG Well being Care.