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Regent Hospital’s Mirpur branch also sealed off, 7 staff remanded

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The Mirpur branch of Regent Hospital was sealed off on Wednesday, a day after its Uttara branch and head office was sealed off.
A Rapid Action Battalion team raided the branch and sealed it off as the hospital authorities had been found accused of forging Covid-19 certificates, said RAB 4 deputy director Major Rakibul Hasan.
The initiative was taken as Directorate General of Health Service on Tuesday instructed to immediately shutdown Uttara and Mirpur branches of Regent Hospital.
A case was filed on Tuesday night against 17 officials and staff of the hospital, including its chairman Mohammad Shahed, in connection with faking several thousand Covid-19 certificates and charging patients fees for free tests.
Earlier on Monday, the RAB raided the Uttara and Mirpur branches of Regent Hospital in Dhaka. They found that it forged over 6,000 Covid-19 certificates and embezzled over Tk 3 crore in the name of providing Covid-19 testing facilities and treatments.
A mobile court on Tuesday night, led by executive magistrate Sarwoer Alam, raided the Regent Group head office and seized some fake certificates, many unauthorised rapid testing kits, and an unregistered jeep.
Sarwoer told reporters in a briefing that certificates were forged at the head office in Uttara Sector 12 and then sold at Tk 3,500.
Most of the fake certificates showed negative results, said a RAB official.
A Dhaka court on Wednesday put seven staff of Regent Hospital on a five-day remand in a case filed on various charges including issuance of fake Cooronavirus certificates.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shadbir Yasir Ahsan Chowdhury passed the order in the afternoon.
Earlier, Uttara West Police Station Inspector Md Alamgir Gazi, also the investigating officer of the case, produced the accused before the court seeking seven days remand for each.
Those remanded are -- administrative officer Md Ahasan Habib,  health technician Md Ahsan Habib,  medical technologist Hatim Ali,  project admin of Regent Group Rakibul Islam Sumon, HR admin manager of Regent Group Amit Banik, driver Abdus Salam, and an hospital employee Abdur Rashid Khan Jewel.
Meanwhile, the court ordered to produce another accused Kamrul Islam, a receptionist of the hospital, to the juvenile correction centre as he is minor.
On June 6, a mobile court of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducted raids at the Uttara and Mirpur branches of the Regent Hospital following allegations of issuing fake Covid-19 certificates and exorbitant charge  for Covid-19 test and treatment.
Later, the head office of Regent in city's Uttara area and its hospital were sealed off.

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