A total of 102 listed yaba traders and godfathers, including 10 relatives of former MP Abdur Rahman Bodi, who have been kept at a police safe house, formally surrendered to police on Saturday.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan was present as the chief guest of the programme while Inspector General of Police (IGP) Javed Patwary was the main speaker.
The surrender progamme was held on the playground of Teknaf Pilot High School at 11am on the day.
They also deposited 3.50 lakh Yaba tablets and 30 firearms.
The illegal yaba traders, who went into hiding in the face of massive anti-narcotics crackdown by law enforcement agencies in the upazila, have expressed their desire to return to normal life after the surrender.
The illegal traders, who went into hiding in the face of massive anti-narcotics crackdown by law enforcement agencies, have reappeared and assembled under the ‘safe custody’ of police to surrender, police headquarters sources said.
At least 51 yaba smugglers have so far been killed in so-called ‘shootouts’ with law enforcers and internal conflicts in Cox’s Bazar since the start of the anti-narcotics crackdown by law-enforcing agencies in the May last year. But the illegal trade could not be fully controlled despite much effort.
In such a situation, the government began discussing the possibility of allowing yaba smugglers to surrender. The idea began to gain ground when a group of smugglers based in Cox’s Bazar contacted police seeking chance to surrender to the law enforcers.