They have been shown arrested six months after the college student's death
Police on Wednesday arrested four people including a clinic's director over the death of a college student during unsafe abortion in Chittagong city.
Md Harunur Rashid, 60, director of Chawkbazar City Health Clinic, and three female clinic staff were shown arrested six months after the college student's death in a murder case filed by the girl's father, reports Bangla Tribune.
Mehedi Hasan, deputy commissioner (DC) (South) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) briefed about the investigation during a media briefing on Thursday.
The other three arrestees are Nurse Sabina Yasmin Champa, 43, Alka Pal, 32, and cleaner Gita Das, 45.
Earlier, one Jisan, who was reportedly the girl's partner, was arrested shortly after the girl died.
DC Mehedi said at one point during investigation they got to know that the college student died in an abortion attempt. "But the hospital authorities tried to hide the incident saying that the girl died of the Covid-19."
The clinic did not have any registered doctor or nurse who were authorized to provide such medical services. The abortion was performed by a cleaner and nurses who did not have any academic certificate, the DC said.
One of the nurses said during the abortion they were requesting for a doctor as the condition of the patient was critical. But the hospital's director was negligent, the officer added.
Khokon Miyaji, father of the victim Rifat Sultana, said his daughter had been living with his son Riyad in a rented house in Chittagong city, after he and his wife left for their village home Rangunia in April because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"On May 15, a youth named Jisan said my daughter had died in the clinic. When we went there, the clinic authorities told us that she had died from Covid-19.
"When we brought her home we saw different marks on her body and suspected she hadn't died of the virus. We then informed the police," Khokon added.