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Fake hand sanitizer factory busted, 3 jailed

  • Published at 12:33 am June 26th, 2020
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in association with the drug administration conducts a mobile court drive on Friday, June 26, 2020 Collected

The group had already supplied over two lakh bottles of fake hand sanitizers in the market

A mobile court has busted a fake hand sanitizer manufacturing ring and destroyed over one lakh bottles of fake hand sanitizers produced in shabby condition in Jatrabari area of Dhaka.

Conducting a mobile court drive on Thursday, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in association with the drug administration sentenced three people with different jail terms,and fined another for the production and marketing of fake hand sanitizers across the country.

The convicts Kazi Munna, Md Shanto, and Sabbir Sarder were sentenced to two years of imprisonment while the house owner Abdul Mannan was fined Tk2 lakh, RAB Executive Magistrate Palash Kumar Basu said.

He said they unearthed the fake hand sanitizer manufacturing factory at Dotala Mosque area of Utttar Rayerbagh in Jatrabari which was operating since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country.

The group was collecting raw materials from the Kamrangirchar area and used to sell the finished products in Mitford hospital area. They have machines and equipment in their factory where they were mixing the materials and labelling the bottles with company seals, he added.

Later, the retailers at Gulistan, Paltan, Jatrabari, Midford, Keraniganj, and some other districts, sell those fake products to customers, he added.

Each bottle contained 100 to 200ml, valued over Tk130 to Tk170, said the executive magistrate.

The RAB official said that there are more fake hand sanitizer manufacturers in the capital and they would continue carrying out the drive.

Amid the widespread demands of hand sanitizers countrywide, they were manufacturing the fake hand sanitizers and already supplied over two lakh bottles of fake hand sanitizers, said Md Abdul Malek, an assistant director at Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), who was also present during the drive.

He also said the people were manufacturing hand sanitizers without any disinfecting chemicals, rather using blue colour, lemon flavour, liquid jell, and spirit.

Counterfeit personal protective equipment, sanitizers, and other health protective gears are flooding the street shops in the capital unchecked as the Covid-19 situation is getting worse in the country.

Hundreds of people are buying these products from the streets daily, as well as many traders from different parts of the country also visiting the Kamrangirchar area to procure these low quality products.

Health experts have been cautioned against fake and subpar sanitizers since the Covid-19 outbreak in the country last March.