'Scientist-researcher' Ishrat Rafique and associate held over fraudulence charges
The Rapid Action Battalion today arrested "medical scientist and researcher" Dr Ishrat Rafique Eshita along with her associate from the capital's Mirpur area on charges of fraudulence.
Rab claimed Eshita, 34, forged her identity as member of various international and local organisations to deceive others.
The other arrestee is her associate, Shahidul Islam Didar, 29, who claimed to be founder and ambassador of various organisations.
Rab claimed to have seized 300 yaba pills, five bottles of foreign liquor, fake seals, fake certificates, certificates, passports, laptops and mobile phones from their possession.
Addressing a briefing at its Media Centre in Karwan Bazar today, Rab Director (Legal and Media Wing) Commander Khandaker Al Moin said, Eshita is a doctor by profession who falsely identifies herself as an expert, medical scientist, researcher, PhD graduate, human rights activist, organiser, Brigadier General, and member of various international organisations.
"In order to make her fake identities look credible, she used to forge documents and promote those," the official claimed.
Rab said Eshita completed MBBS in 2013 from a private medical college in Mymensingh. Then in 2014, she joined a private hospital in Mirpur as a doctor. Later, she joined at a government hospital. She was dismissed from the hospital due to disciplinary reasons.
Rab said Eshita appeared on IPTV talk shows and social media by introducing herself as an expert on cancer, Covid-19 treatment, and other health issues and advised people.
She apparently "purchased" the rank of "Brigadier General" from a website operating from the Philippines for USD 400, the Rab official said.
Eshita started an organisation named Young World Leader for Humanity which has no approval or registration, said Moin.
She used to arrange trainings in Afghanistan and Burundi and arranged award programmes there.
Eshita arranged Covid-19 treatment training for at least 120 physicians during the outbreak and provided them training certificates in exchange of Tk 3,000-4,000 each, said the Rab official.