Bangladesh faces drug menace for its geolocation

Yaba is coming from Myanmar while cannabis, Phensidyl and heroin are making their way into Bangladesh from India, says home minister

25 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said illegal drugs enter Bangladesh from India and Myanmar due to its geographical location, reports UNB.

"Although Bangladesh is not a drug-producing country, it's now facing the menace due to its geographical location," he said while responding to a tabled starred question from Jatiya Party MP M Mujibul Huq in Parliament.

The minister said Yaba is coming to the country from Myanmar while cannabis, Phensidyl, heroin and injectable drugs are making their way into Bangladesh from India.

He said Yaba is smuggled into the country mainly through the Naf River. "To prevent the entry of Yaba into Bangladesh, the government has created a temporary circle of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) comprising of nine officials.

Besides, an anti-narcotic team of 19 officials, including10 Ansar men, is working in Cox's Bazar district," he said.

Asaduzzaman also mentioned that 31 posts have been created at the DNC under the leadership of deputy director in Cox's Bazar.

He said there is a plan to establish a naval unit in Teknaf of Cox's Bazar to stop drug smuggling.

The minister said at present, Ansar men are deployed in five bordering districts while adequate number of Ansar men will be deployed gradually in other bordering districts of the country along with the DNC officials. He said law enforcement agencies lodged 119,878 cases against 161,323 drug traders in 2018 while the number was 6156 against 6671 drug traders in the first month of the current year.

To tackle the drug problem, Asaduzzaman said, five bilateral meetings at the director general level were held between Bangladesh and India while a move is underway to hold the sixth one.

Three meetings were held with Myanmar while the fourth one will be held in October or November this year, he said.