The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police has taken six staff of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare into custody for questioning them about the mysterious missing of 17 sensitive documents of the ministry.
The employees were taken to the CID office from the Secretariat on Sunday.
Those who were detained are steno typists-cum-computer operators Joseph Sardar and Ayesha Siddika, and Mintu, Badal, Bari and Faisal.
According to sources at the ministry, the 17 files, including documents related to procurement for the Directorate General of Health Services, Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital, Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, documents related to nursing and midwifery, purchase of vehicles for training institutes and National Institute of Population Research and Training, project files under the Bureau of Health Education, and data on cervical and breast cancer screening programmes, were found missing on Thursday.
The files were stored at the Medical Education and Family Welfare division of the ministry.
The ministry on Saturday lodged a general diary (GD) with Shahbagh Police Station over the incident.
Joseph Sardar and Ayesha Siddika, after finishing Wednesday’s work, reportedly kept the files in a cabinet in the office, according to the GD.
Officer-in-charge of Shahbagh Police Station Moudud Hawlader told the media that a deputy secretary of the ministry filed the general diary and an investigation was underway.
The ministry has also formed a three-member probe committee to look into the matter. The committee will submit its report within five working days.