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‘Regent Hospital chairman used to threaten us when asked for rent’

  • Published at 11:31 pm July 8th, 2020
File photo: RAB officials during a drive on Regent Hospital's Mirpur branch on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Building owners claim that over Tk45 lakh is till due as rent and other bills 

The building owners of Regent Hospital and the head office of Regent Group -- in Mirpur and Uttara respectively -- have claimed that Md Shahed, the owner, used to threaten them when they asked for rent and other arrears.

When Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Wednesday went to seal off the much talked about hospital’s Mirpur branch, owner of that building, Firoz Alam Chowdhury made the accusations against Shahed.

Talking to the press, Firoz said: “Around Tk45 lakh as rent and utility bills are still due from Shahed. Whenever I used to ask for the money, he used to tell me that I will get it. But he is yet to pay the dues.

“Shahed has a gunman who used to observe the conversations between us. When I called him for payment, he threatened me.”

Meanwhile, Jahanara, one of the owners of the floors which were rented out for Regent Group’s head office in Uttara, told Somoy TV that Shahed is yet to pay the rent and other necessary bills for the past eight months.

“Even his contract regarding the floor space with us has expired,” she added.

She claimed that Shahed did not care about the money he owed and got angry and misbehaved whenever he was asked for the arrears.

On Tuesday, the authorities concerned shut down all activities of Regent Hospital over the allegations related to issuing fake Covid-19 certificates and other forms of misconduct. RAB conducted raids at both the branches of the hospital – in Uttara and Mirpur – on Monday and Tuesday and gathered substantial evidence proving the claims of wrong-doings.