4 fake cosmetics factories busted
A mobile court aided by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday busted four fake cosmetics factories in Keraniganj on the city's outskirts and fined them a total of Tk 8 lakh.
They also arrested the owners and confiscated inferior quality products including oil, shampoo and perfume wrapped in labels of reputed companies, worth around Tk 25 lakh, in the market, Rab officials claimed.
The arrestees Md Kamal Hossain, 29, Md Nasir Uddin, 45, Md Nazim Uddin, 50, Md Shahid, 35, were sentenced to two years of imprisonment and fined Tk 2 lakh each, in default of which they will have to serve three more months in prison.
A team of Rab-10 conducted the drives at Muslimabad and Borishoor area around 8:30am, he said.
The factories were located in the owners' houses, where the arrestees used to fill up old empty containers with impure elements and resell them, said Rab Executive Magistrate Anwar Pasha, who led the drive.
Shahid confessed to have made hair oil by mixing coconut's essence with palm oil while Nasir Uddin said, he made fake shampoo using coloured liquid soap and cheap frangrance, Anwar Pasha said.
They also filled empty perfume bottles with rectified spirit and fragrance, he added.