BNP MP demands ‘crossfire’ for Regent Hospital owner

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:01, Jul 08,2020 | Updated: 00:22, Jul 09,2020


A collected photo of regent group chairman Md Shahed

Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawmaker M Harunur Rashid on Wednesday demanded ‘crossfire’ for the owners of Regent Hospital.

Taking the floor in point of order at Jatiya Sangsad, Harun asked the home minister why the owner of Regent Hospital was not arrested.

He said that the incident of Regent Hospital was just an example of rampant corruption and irregularities in the health sector.

Replying to Harun, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said that it was the government that detected the irregularities and action against the offenders was under process.

Harun then urged the government to put Regent Hospital owner on ‘crossfire’, arguing that since small time crooks were being killed in crossfire, why should people involved in delivering fake coronavirus test reports be spared! 

Harun also raised the issue of finding 28 lakh fake names on the lists of 50 lakh people for providing cash incentive for COVID-19-hit marginal people.

Reportedly, a section of people tried to embezzle about Tk 695 crore through this process, Harun said.

The prime minister rebutted, ‘We would have been happy, had the parliament member informed us in advance about these anomalies. Nobody informed us…we, the government, found out the irregularities and took appropriate action.’

Sheikh Hasina said that the list of 50 lakh families was finalised only after scrutinising it thrice.

Harun also urged the parliament to take action against Lakshmipur 2 independent lawmaker Mohammad Shahid Islam, well known as Kazi Papul, citing reports of his arrest in Kuwait, where he is a citizen.

The parliament should take action against the lawmaker for concealing information of his Kuwaiti citizenship in the affidavit he submitted to the Election Commission during the polls, said the BNP lawmaker.

The PM said in reply that the seat of Lakshmipur 2 should be declared vacant if Shahid Islam’s Kuwaiti citizenship is proven.

Shahid Islam is now in the central prison of Kuwait following his arrest on charges of human trafficking, residency visa trading and money laundering.

On June 25, the attorney general of Kuwait sent the Bangladeshi MP to prison for 21 days.

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