Get tough on drug smuggling: Kamal

Drugs worth Tk 535.4cr destroyed

Staff Correspondent

21 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has directed law enforcement agencies to take stern actions against drug smuggling.

He made the directive while speaking as the chief guest at a drug destruction function in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday. Border Guard Bangladesh’s (BGB) Cox’s Bazar Region organised it.  “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has adopted a zero tolerance policy towards drugs. The law enforcement agencies will have to be stricter about the drug smuggling to free the country from drugs. Besides containing drug smuggling, terrorism and militancy must be combated with an iron hand,” he said.

Inspector General of Police Dr Benazir Ahmed and senior administrators of Cox’s Bazar were present on the occasion with Region Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Sajedur Rahman in the chair.

Drugs worth Tk 535.4 crore were destroyed in the programme. The drugs, which were destroyed, included 1.77 crore pieces of Yaba tablets, 5,799 bottles of wine, 33,555 cans of beer, 1,736 litres of locally made wine, 15.732 kilograms of ganja and 23,750 sex-stimulating tablets. The unclaimed drugs were seized over last three years.

Besides, the Cox’s Bazar BGB informed that they arrested 1,541 drug smugglers with over 92.36 lakh of Yaba tablets in the last three years. The smugglers and drugs were handed over to the police stations concerned.

After the drug destruction function, the home minister inaugurated a police station named ‘Eidgah Police Station’ at Sadar upazila in Cox’s Bazar. The new police station comprising five unions was an investigation centre.

With the Eidgah Police Station, now the number of police stations in the district stood at nine.