RAJSHAHI: Police arrested three persons for their suspected involvement in making false corona certificates for overseas job seekers from different areas in Rajshahi city on Thursday.
The arrested persons were identified as Tareque Ahsan, 40, an office assistant of Rajshahi Civil Surgeon Office, Rafiqul Islam, 42, driver of Rajshahi Chest Disease Hospital, and his wife Shamsunnahar Shikha, 38.
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 corona. 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.