Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-10) busted a fake medicine factory in the capital’s Bangshal area yesterday.
Acting on a tip-off, the Rab conducted the drive at a house on the 6th Khilghar road and found the illegal medicine factory, Rab officials said.
A mobile court sentenced the factory’s owner to jail for two years for producing six types of handmade medicines, including some reputed brands’ antibiotics, illegally.
The convict, Akbar Hossain Bhashani, 40, was engaged in making the fake medicines for tetanus, pain killers, hear and stomach related diseases for the past two years, said Anwar Pasha, an executive magistrate who conducted the drive with help of the elite force.
Akbar had finished his education after class VI, and begun to work at a medicine shop before he got involved in the ‘business’ of fake medicine.
He used to make injection for tetanus and selling those in the market by changing the labels of pain killing injection ‘Atropine sulphate’, said Anwar Pasha.
The convicted was found using plain water to make fake medicine for eyes and nose, he said.
Akbar used to package the medicines for stomach related diseases into packets of medicines for cardiac diseases and sell those in the market by changing the levels, he said.
“He also used to change the labels of low priced medicines into high priced ones of reputed brands,” the executive magistrate said.
“Akbar had chosen various kinds of medicines which look almost alike,” he added.
He used to sell his fake medicines in the wholesale medicine market at Mitford in the capital’s old part, Anwar Pasha said.
From there, a network of traders were engaged in selling those in the medicine shops in rural areas.
The mobile court also seized some machines which were used to change labels of medicines, and some labels from the house.
Directorate of Drug Administration’s Official Mahbub Hossain was present during the drive led by ASP Sajjad Hossain of Rab-10.