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RAB seizes fake, expired Covid testing kit; 9 arrested

  • Published at 08:55 pm April 16th, 2021
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The seized medical equipment and testing kits in a drive conducted by members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Friday, April 16, 2021 Courtesy

The elite police unit bust ring manufacturing and selling fake test kits

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested nine people from three organizations for manufacturing and marketing fake, expired and unlicensed testing kits for Covid-19 along with other medical equipment in Dhaka.

The members of the law enforcement agency also seized the fake and expired products in a drive conducted from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning in Dhaka, says a media statement signed by Md Abdullah Al Mamun, assistant superintendent of police (ASP).

The arrested are Md Shamim Molla, 40, proprietor of BioLab International; Md Shahidul Alam, 42, manager of BioLab International; Md Mahmudul Hasan, managing director of Axon Technologies and Services Ltd; SM Mostafa Kamal, 48, managing director of Hi Tech Health Care Ltd; Abdullah Al Baki Sabbir, 24, engineer at BioLab International; Md Ziaur Rahman, 35, office assistant at BioLab International; Md Sumon, 35, accountant at BioLab International; Zahidul Islam Pulok, 27, office clerk and marketing officer at BioLab International; and Md Sohel Rana, 28, service engineer at BioLab International.

Members of RAB showing the arrested men for selling and manufacturing expired medical equipment and testing kits on Friday, April 16, 2021 Courtesy

Upon receiving information about some companies are manufacturing expired, unlicensed Covid-19 testing kits, members of RAB raided the BioLab International office in Lalmatia and two of their associate organizations.

During the raid, they discovered huge amount of expired medical devices, testing kits which would be used for various diseases including jaundice, diabetes, pneumonia, and cancer.

The accused would allegedly tamper the expiration date of testing kits and resell in the market.

RAB was preparing to hand over the arrested to police and a case will be filed in this regard.

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