Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Kamal warns of tough action against drug peddlers

Published 9:20 pm | February 16, 2019

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal today further warned of taking tough action against the culprits who are still doing the yaba trading as 102 drug peddlers surrendered to police in presence of him on Teknaf Pilot High School premises of Cox’s Bazar.

He urged the active drug traffickers to surrender before the law enforcement agencies as none will go impunity.

The minister said Bangladesh asked Myanmar government in several times to stop Yaba smuggling, but they would not response to our request.

“So, the government has decided to protect our borders as the Yaba tablets is being smuggled into Bangladesh through 193 points of our boarders including Ukhia and Teknaf,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Javed Patwary said the traffickers submitted 30-kg of yaba tablets and 30 weapons as a symbol of the surrender in exchange for flowers.

Citing allegations made against a few members of law enforcers, the IGP also issued a warning saying, “If any member of law enforcing agencies is found involved in this connection, the ministry will go for stern action.”

The IGP also assured to give legal support to those who turned themselves into police custody.

“We will try to complete their cases within the shortest possible time,” the IGP added.

Of the 102 yaba peddlers, including 35 people, who are named as ‘godfathers’ on the government’s anti-narcotics list surrendered to police seeking a return to regular life.

Top officials, including DIG of Chattogram Range Golam Faruk, superintendent of Police (SP) of Cox’s Bazar ABM Masud Hossain, among others, attended the surrender-ceremony.


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