Massive hunt for 100 top drug dealers in city

­Md Esaraf Hossain

2 June, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Law enforcers are now on a massive hunt to trace and catch over 100 listed drug traders in the capital.

In the wake of nationwide anti-drug crackdown, these identified drug dealers have gone into hiding to avoid arrest.

Over 110 suspected drug dealers were killed in reported encounters with law enforcers in the last 27 days of the anti-narcotics drives across the country. 

Over 10,000 suspected drug traders were also arrested by the members of law enforcing agencies during the drives, home ministry sources said.

According to detective branches, out of the 100 listed drug traffickers in the capital, 25 are women.

Of them, 22 drug queens remain fugitives while three, including Shilpi and Swapna, are in jail.

Of the listed female drug traders, Sufia Aktar alias Shova, 50, the wife of Ayub Ali, is an accused in at least 10 drug cases. Sufia has established the reign of yaba at Ohab Colony in the capital’s Shabujbagh area.

Another female drug trader, Shamsunnahar Champa, wife of Babul, is involved in yaba trade in capital’s Shabujbagh area for long. She is also accused in at least 16 drug cases.

According to detective branches, the other female drug traders are Rahima of Gendaria, Sufia Aktar Sufi of  Sayeedabad WASA colony, Jamila Khatun of Kamalapur railway station slum, Tania Begum of Sabujbagh, Farhana Aktar Papiya of Mohammadpur Geneva Camp, Morsheda of Bhashantek, Saleha Begum of Rupnagar Duyaripara, Shahinur Rahman of Kamrangirchar, Shilpi of Kauranbazar slum, Aklima Aktar of Karwanbazar, Jotsna Begum of Kafrul, Swapna of Dhamalkot area at  Bhashantek, Sahnaj Begum of Kalabagan area, Khurshida Begum alias Khurshi of Mirpur Kalapani, Bina, Nur Nahar and Jamila alias Jamela Begum of Hajaribagh area, Parul Rani of Kotwali thana area, Nazma Begum of Khilkhet, Farjana Begum of Uttara, Swapna Begum of Hatirpool, Pakhi Begum, Asma Ahmed Dalia, Anwara Begum Anu, Nargis, Parvin Aktar, Eti Begum, Morium Begum, Mina, Mahmuda Khatun and Ayesha Begum of Cox’s Bazar.

Acting Additional Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Crime) Krishnapado Roy said these female drug traders will be brought to book.

Our intelligence branches are also looking for these drug traders, he added. 

Dhaka Metropolitan Police has shortlisted top drug traders in the capital and their patrons, including some linked to the ruling Awami League, and it will launch a crackdown on them after further scrutiny.

On Monday, a list of 100 top drug dealers in the capital, who are accused in at least four cases each, was handed over to the DMP commissioner by the deputy commissioners.

Later, DMP revised the number to 45, according to officials.

A man named Md Baba Kashem, 40, is on top of the list, a copy of which has been obtained by this newspaper. Kashem reportedly runs drug trade in Karail slum and he is wanted in 16 cases - all filed with the Banani Police Station and under narcotics act.

Kashem, who is backed by a sub-inspector, was arrested on April 15 this year but walked free by bribing Tk 10,000 to the police official, said the list.  

Rafiqul Islam, assistant commissioner (Gulshan zone) of  Dhaka Metropolitan Police., said Kashem is on the run but they are conducting drives in different areas to arrest him.

Another suspect, Raju Ahmed, 36, allegedly runs narcotics business in Nurerchala area of Bhatara and he is wanted in 12 cases filed with Bhatara Police Station.

Earlier in 2017, DMP drew up another list of 100 godfathers - most of whom were linked to the ruling AL and its front organisations.

The list also included two people from BNP and Jatiya Party, a number of cops and narcotics department officials.

Of the godfathers in the capital, 16 were ward councillors - 15 from AL and one from BNP. Besides, a thana-level president of Bastuhara (homeless) League and a ward-level secretary of Tanti (weaver) League were on the list.

DMP had also compiled a list of 1,100 dealers and retailers of yaba in the city. The list was forwarded to the home ministry.

Besides, the police headquarters has already prepared a list of 26,299 drug dealers and patrons countrywide and raids are being conducted to nab them, said a senior police official, wishing anonymity.