Detective police has busted a factory that was manufacturing counterfeit drugs in Demra area in the capital on Friday. A haul of fake medicines was also recovered from the factory.
The striking team also arrested seven people on charges of making such fake medicines.
The recovered drugs were sold in the markets for treating different diseases including Covid-19 and cancer.
Additional Commissio-ner AKM Hafiz Akter said the fake drugs were made in the factory and then distributed to different medicine shops across the country through a courier service.
People were duped into buying the knockoff drugs at a high price as it is quite difficult to differentiate them from the authentic ones, he said at a media briefing on Friday.
Police arrested them from different parts of Dhaka and seized a large haul of the counterfeit versions of local and international drugs along with the machinery used to make those.
The gang has been in the business of producing fake drugs for a long time, said Hafiz.
Monowar and Latif used to supply foil paper to wrap the fake tablets and cylinders to keep the other medicines.
Nazmul ran a printing press in Fakirapul, where all the packaging, coating and labelling would be done.
The two other accomplices, Makhon and Zakir, would deliver the drugs to Imran in the Mitford Hospital area, who in turn used to market the fake medicines.
Police are yet to nab Makhon and Zakir.