CID questioning six Health Ministry staffers over missing documents

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is questioning six employees of the Health Ministry over the 17 sensitive documents that went missing.

The grade 3 and 4 staffers were taken to the CID offices on Sunday from the Secretariat.

CID Special Superintendent Md Kamruzzaman told the media at the Secretariat that they launched a shadow investigation into the incident. 

Earlier in the day, CID Crime Scene Unit officials gathered evidence from the offices of Additional Secretary Md Shahadat Hossain and Joint Secretary Kazi Anwar Hossain.

At least 17 files, containing sensitive documents, went missing from an office of the Health Ministry’s Medical Education and Family Welfare Division, according to a general diary (GD) filed with Shahbagh police station on Thursday.

Steno typists cum computer operators Md Joseph Sardar and Ayesha Siddika, after finishing Wednesday’s work, reportedly kept the files in a cabinet in the office, it said.

However, the next day, the dockets were missing, prompting the authorities to report the police.

Shahbagh police OC Moudud Hawlader told the media that a deputy secretary of the ministry filed the general diary and an investigation was underway.

According to sources at the ministry, the 17 files included dockets on procurement for the Directorate General of Health Services, Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College, Rajshahi Medical College as well as documents related to procuring vehicles for training institutes and data on cervical and breast cancer screening programs.

The ministry has opened an inquiry and formed a three-member committee to look into the matter.

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