No let-up in drug peddling
One more killed in Ctg ‘gunfight’
Published : Saturday, 13 October, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 381
There is still no respite in drug peddling despite at least 280 people have so far been killed since the anti-narcotics drive began on May 4.
Law enforcers have recovered more than 110 crore Yaba tablets since the crackdown. The Yaba entry routes through Teknaf border of Cox's Bazar are still open, said a source in the police.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the government was showing zero tolerance for drug business in the country.
Bangladesh has at least 7 million drug addicts and 5 million of them are hooked on Yaba pills, according to people familiar with the situation. The government has no statistics on the drug addicts.
A Yaba tablet, depending on its type, is currently sold at any price between Tk 250 and Tk 350m though law enforcers started a nationwide anti-drug crackdown in May. The rate of Yaba tablet has increased after the anti-narcotics drive began on May 4.
Intelligence agencies say around 60 per cent of the country's youths are now addicted to drugs - marijuana, heroin, phensidyl, alcohol and Yaba - and their number is increasing. Of them, 96 per cent are now addicted to Yaba.
Law enforcement sources said there are around 38 yaba factories along the border with Myanmar reportedly capable of producing three million tablets a day and 40 phensedyl factories along the Indian border.
Most of these pills come from neighbouring Myanmar, India and even from distant Laos. Yaba tablets are smuggled into Bangladesh using the vast bordering areas, waterways and airways.
Considering the land route unsafe, the organised gangs of drug smugglers are using water and air routes for trafficking the deadly drugs. As per research findings, almost 50 routes along the borders of Bangladesh are being used for Yaba pills to enter this territory. Some of the international routes are often referred as Golden Triangle, Golden Wage and Golden Crescent.
Meanwhile, A suspected drug peddler was killed in a m reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Chattogram city on Friday.
Two foreign-made pistols, three magazines and 12,000 pieces of Yaba pills were recovered from the spot, say police.
The deceased was identified as Ashim Roy Babu, 29, son of Gurusdoy Roy of Banshkhali upazila of the district.
Mimtanur Rahman, Assistant Director (Media) of Rab-7 said on information, a team of Rab -7 conducted a drive at Muradpur in the city's Panchlaish area to arrest some drug peddlers around 11:45pm on Friday, reports our local correspondent.
During the drive, the elite force members signaled a private car to halt but passengers of the car opened fire on them forcing them to retaliate in self-defense.