3 held for making fake Covid-19 certificates in Rajshahi

Publish: 5:48 PM, July 8, 2021 | Update: 5:48:PM, July 8, 2021

RAJSHAHI, – Police arrested three persons on charge of their involvement in making false Covid-19 certificates for the job seekers overseas from different areas in Rajshahi city last night.

The arrested persons were identified as Tareque Ahsan, 41, an office assistant of Rajshahi Civil Surgeon Office, Rafiqul Islam, 42, driver of Rajshahi Chest Disease Hospital, and his wife Shamsunnahar Shikha, 38.

Jewel Arefin, Deputy Commissioner of Detective Branch (DB) in Rajshahi Metropolitan Police, depicted this while illustrating their malpractice tactics in a press briefing at his office today.

On a tip-off, a DB team conducted raids at their respective locations and arrested them. They were involved in making and supplying false certificates among the overseas job-seekers taking advantage of their emergency needs.

He said the unscrupulous circle realized Taka 3,000 to 15,000 from around 25 to 30 job-seekers each through keeping them hostage in the name of giving negative corona reports.

Tareque Ahsan was the kingpin of the gang and Rafique was his accomplice and they used to collect lists of the persons who gave samples for corona test.

Then Shamsunnahar bargains for money after contacting the people over phone saying they tested positive of Covid-19. Their report will be negative if they give money and in this way they collect money through bKash account for around four months last.

The detective team also seized 100 fake certificates from their possessions. Jewel Arefin said there are three to four more people in the gang and they remain absconding. “We are trying to bring them to book as soon as possible,” he added.