Students staking future on hallucinogenic drugs

Mahabub Alam

11 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Some meritorious students are destroying their bright future after getting addicted to hallucinogenic drugs, thanks to their easy availability despite the government’s zero-tolerance policy against narcotics.

Police say some students, who obtained GPA-5 in both of their Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations, were arrested along with Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) and Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Both the items are hallucinogenic drugs.

According to the Motijheel Crime Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), there are 15 gangs, who are involved in dealing in LSD in the capital.

But the police could arrest only five members of a gang a few days ago while the rest are at large.

Being concerned over the drugs, the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) is working to make a list of those engaged in illegally trading in the hallucinogenic drugs, said Mohammad Abdus Sabur Mandal, director general (additional charge) of the DNC.

He told the Daily Sun that they started the ground work to make a list of the drug dealers. “Outgoing DNC DG Ahsanul Jabbar took initiative to bring all the hallucinogenic drugs’ dealers to book. As per his initiative, work is being done,” he said.

Apart from such narcotic items that also include Magic Mushroom, recently and newly detected ones -- Dialex DC, Eskuf, Ganja cake, Crystal Methamphetamine and Amphetamine -- have become a matter of serious concern for the country already devastated by Yaba, hemp, heroin and some other drugs, said a senior officer of the DNC seeking anonymity. 

A lab to produce Crystal Methamphetamine was set up at Uttara in the city which was busted by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on June 18.

The issue of the LSD came to light after Dhaka University student Hafizur Rahman killed himself near Dhaka Medical College Hospital on May 15 after taking the hallucinogenic drug. 

Later, Ramna Detective Division, Motijheel Crime Division and RAB arrested 17 LSD and DMT dealers-cum-addicts from different parts of the capital and seized huge quantities of such drugs from them.

Talking to the Daily Sun, Mohammad Abdul Ahad, deputy commissioner of Motijheel Crime Division under the DMP, said they detected about 15 rackets which have been bringing LSD from abroad and selling the item among university students for more than one year. Most of the addicts are of middle class group and brilliant students, he said. “We’re working with the LSD issue. We’re hopeful of finding out all engaged in the LSD trade.”

HM Azimul Haque, deputy commissioner of DB (Ramna Division), told the Daily Sun that they were working with the LSD issue.

Lt Col Khandaker Saiful Alam, commanding officer of RAB-2, said Syed Mainuddin Ahmed alias Shadab, who is from an upper class family in the city, went to Thailand for  pursuing BBA after passing the O Level from Dhaka and A Level from Darjeeling in India.

While studying in Thailand, he got addicted to DMT and LSD, he said, adding that after returning home, he brought the drugs to the country through courier services and made some of his friends addicted. “All the addicts are from upper middle and upper class families. Finally, Shadab created a gang to sell the drugs,” he said.

Giving another example, the RAB officer said Abraham Junayed Taher, who passed the O Level from Dhaka and A Level from Malaysia, went to the UK for higher education. “But he also got addicted to drugs. After returning to Bangladesh in 2020, he started drug trade, destroying his bright future.”

 


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