The Chandpur police administration has taken a unique and noble initiative to arrange 1,200 football matches in the district to raise awareness against drugs.
As part of a marathon competition, 600 matches have already been played amid huge enthusiasm among people.
Describing the reason behind the initiative, Police Super Samsunnahar said they could not achieve cent percent success in curbing drug abuse through carrying out only anti-narcotics drives. "We want to divert people's attention to good deeds," she said.
Beginning at the ward level, the football competition has now entered the inter-union level, the SP said, adding that it will end at the district level.
The chairmen and members of all union parishads in the district, political leaders and community policemen have been involved in the football tournament to reap maximum benefits, she said.
Reiterating her zero-tolerance stance on drugs, Samsunnahar said, "I want to engage the young generation in sports and different social activities apart from conducting regular drives to eradicate the drug menace."
Describing the football tournament as part of this effort, Samsunnahar said she is happy with the success achieved so far.
Contacted, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the government arranges seminars and other programmes at district, upazila and union levels across the country to create public awareness against drugs.
He expressed the hope that the football tournament as an additional effort will play an important role in achieving success in this regard. "This also manifests that female police officers are working with efficiency," he told UNB over phone.