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DHAKA Monday 10 February 2014, 28 Magh 1420, BS 9 Rabius Sani 1435 HIJRI

Drug smuggling rampant
Our Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-02-10,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 11

LALMONIRHAT Feb 9 : Drug smuggling is  rampant through Mogholhat border in Lalmonirhat.S adar Upazila of the district has become a safe haven for hundreds of drug smugglers .
They have  this crime before   the high ups of the of administration , it is alleged . Local AL men  allegedly control the drugs syndicate here in the border and they have been  earning windfall profit illegally everyday. Three local AL men, also the active members of the drugs syndicate were arrested by Joint Forces and jailed for two years each of them by mobile court on January 1.
The convicted three AL men are identified as Abu Sufiyan,48, president of Mogholhat union's 2 No ward unit AL, his son 2 No ward unit Jubo League's joint secretary Habuibur Rahman and ward Number 2 unit Juba League member Rabiul Islam, all are from Chawratari village of Mogholhat border in Lalmonirhat sadar.
People staying close to the Mogholhat border said, the drug dealers earn a  huge amount of money through sale of different types of drugs smuggled into the country every day from
India. More than 150 people are involved in drug peddling at Mogholhat border, where at least around 20 druglords are active for doing the illegal trade.  Makeshift tents along the No Man's Land on the Indian frontier are the provenance of a variety of drugs including phensidyl, wine, hemp and cannabis sold out there at a cheaper rate.
Very closing to the Bangladeshi border Mogholhat's many temporary drug houses have mushroomed in Nagartari, Jaridharla and Daribash villages under Dinhata police station in Coochbihar district of Pashchimbanga in India, they said alleging BGB men and police were bribed while smuggling drugs into Bangladesh.
In anonymity a drugs smuggler at Mogholhat border said on Tuesday morning that he and many other drugs smugglers cross to Bangladesh border from India every day and bring different types of drugs managing law enforcing agencies by giving bribe money. They also give bribe to the local ruling parry AL leaders are involved with the racket.
However the general secretary of Mogholhat union unit AL Golam Farooque, three AL men were involved with the controlling of drugs smuggling at Mogholhat border and they were arrested and jailed a week ago. AL men are alert to resist the drugs smuggling along the border, he said.
The ringleader of drugs smuggling at Mogholhat border said in the condition of name not to be published that they have been smuggling atleasdt6 30 to 35 thousand bottles of phensydl per day.  "We had to give a regular installment to the personnel in charge and when the BGB team was on patrol, they alerted us through a phone call," he replied when he was asked about BGB surveillance along the Mogholhat border.
The 15 BGB Battalion's Mogholhat BGB company commander at Mogholhat Subedar Abdul Hamid said, took action against all kinds of supplies imported illegally. "If we get information about drugs being smuggled in the sacks of foods, strict action will be taken," he said denying the allegation of BGB men earn illegally from the smugglers in the name of drugs smuggling.
Contacted to the Commanding Officer CO of Lalmonirhat 15 BGB Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Shafiul Alam Khan BGB men are always in high alert to resist drugs smuggling at Mogholhat border. Sometimes the drugs smuggling syndicate gang smuggled drugs from India dodging the BGB men's vigilance as 56 kms of 281 Kms border area along the district is still without Indian fencing.

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