War on drugs intensifies

Md Esaraf Hossain

17th February, 2019 10:55:26 printer

War on drugs intensifies

Law enforcers have intensified on ongoing crackdown on drug dealers in the country following the surrender of over 100 yaba smugglers in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar on Saturday.

“We’re now intensifying drives against drug traders,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah said.

Detective sources said intelligence wings have identified around 500 drug spots in the capital where over 1,000 drug traders are running their illegal business.


A RAB officer said, “Law enforcers are conducting a massive crackdown on identified drug traders.”

The striking teams will go for tough action against the policemen who cooperate with the listed drug  traders in running drug business, police sources said.

“Those who are involved in drug dealing will be brought to book,” a senior RAB officer said.

Yaba smuggling into Bangladesh from Myanmar is yet to stop despite the continuous war on narcotic drugs.

Yaba smugglers, who went into hiding in the wake of a massive hunt, are coming to cops to surrender, sources at the Police Headquarters said.

Many others are communicating with police and others to surrender.

After surrendering to cops in Teknaf on Saturday, 102 Yaba traders expressed desire to return to normal life.

More than 50 listed drug smugglers, including some godfathers and police officers, still remained out of reach in Cox’s Bazar, detectives said.

At least 51 Yaba smugglers have been killed in gunfights and internal conflict in Cox’s Bazar alone since the beginning of the anti-drug drives in May last.

Besides, some 250 drug traders have also been killed in gunfights in other parts of the country.

 Millions of Yaba tablets worth billions of taka have been seized during the anti-drug operation across the country.

Inspector General of Police Jabed Patwary has recently said that the prime minister has strongly instructed them to go on tough action against drug traders across the country.