Bangladeshi born US doctor alleges harassment in Dhaka

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:19, Jun 08,2020 | Updated: 00:34, Jun 09,2020


Bangladeshi-born US physician Khandker Ferdous

A Bangladeshi born US physician who arrived in Dhaka on Sunday in a bid to serve the countrymen amid coronavirus crisis alleged harassment and sending him in institutional quarantine unnecessarily.

The physician, Khandker Ferdous, a native of Debidwar in Cumilla and a practitioner in New York, said that 128 people were on the flight by which he came to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and only he was sent for quarantine for 14 days at BRAC Learning Centre near the airport.

‘They did it unscientifically,’ he said and explained that he had COVID-19 antibody test result which showed that his body had antibody against COVID-19.

Ferdous said that he did not know the exact cause of sending him for institutional quarantine and harassment. ‘But, it is being said that I am a relative of Khandaker Mushtaq. Police went to our village home.’

He said that he had no relation with Khandaker Mushtaq who took over as president after the assassination of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He said that those forced him to go in quarantine were plainclothesmen, and he was not feeling comfort to give their identity.

Ferdous said that he even did not contact his mother who lives in Cumilla as he felt ashamed over the issue.

‘They cannot keep me in confinement if they wish. But they did it. What can I do?’ the physician expressed his discomfort.

‘They asked me to stay in quarantine. I told them that I wanted to go to my Banani home but they asked me to stay here. I asked them whether they had been applying separate rules only for me. They answered that they would not answer so many questions from me,’ he said.

He also alleged that the airport customs did not release his eight luggage full of mask and gloves and PPEs for tax. 

Dabidwar police station officer-in-charge Md Zahirul Anwar said that none of his police station went to Ferdous’ village home.

HISA medical department officials said that, out of 128 passengers of the flight, they sent one for institutional quarantine and 27 others for home quarantine.

A doctor of the department said that the security officials took Ferdous to institutional quarantine though he had COVID-19 antibody positive report with him.

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