Fake COVID-19 Report

Shajahan’s daughter barred from flying to London

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 20:32, Jul 26,2020 | Updated: 00:06, Jul 27,2020


This combo picture shows two different COVID-19 reports of Oaishe Khan

Ruling Awami League presidium member Shajahan Khan’s daughter on Sunday was denied permission to fly for London from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport after she produced a fake COVID-19 negative test report.

Director of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Group Captain AHM Tauhid-Ul Ahsan confirmed that immigration authorities denied a London-bound passenger’s permission to fly as they found her COVID-19 positive after crosschecking the certificate she produced which showed her negative.

The passenger was later identified as Oaishe Khan, daughter of former shipping minister Shajahan Khan. She was studying in London and came back home in February.

Shajahan Khan told New Age that the National Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Referral Centre provided a negative certificate to his daughter on Saturday as she gave her swabs at Dhaka North City Corporation-installed booth at Mohakhali on July 24.

He said after his daughter returned from the airport, his family communicated with the Directorate General of Health Services and they provided another report terming her COVID-19 positive.

The former shipping minister said that he would file a complaint with the DGHS about the matter as he claimed that he was cheated and his social image was tarnished.

He, however, said that a director of the DGHS admitted to him that it was a mistake. ‘But who will pay for the mistake?’ he asked.

About the matter, DGHS assistant director Ayesha Akter told New Age that they also collected the actual report from the NILMRC, which showed that the result was positive.

Both Shajhan Khan and the DGHS shared two reports of the NILMRC with New Age.

The report shared by Shajhan Khan was signed by NILMRC residential medical officer M Bayzid Bin Monir while DGHS shared a report that was signed by its director Abul Khair Mohammad Shamsuzzaman.

Both reports bear the date July 25.

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