Staff Correspondent: The government is going to take steps to strengthen anti-drug campaign across the country. Like corruption or terrorism, the new government wants to show zero tolerance policy in the field of drugs.
After the oath taking ceremony of Awami League MPs on January 3, the Awami League parliamentary members sat in a meeting. In the meeting, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the ongoing campaign against terrorism, corruption and drug will continue. Drug is seriously destroying the society. Therefore, those who are involved in drugs will not be speared. After the announcement of the Prime Minister's anti-narcotics campaign, the law enforcers are thinking to strengthen the drive.
According to the sources, due to eleventh parliament election, the anti-drug drive was relaxed. There is an allegation during that time many listed drug peddlers returned to the respective areas. But at now they have also left the areas.
On Thursday, police arrested Shahid Rana Tipu, Chapainawabganj's top drug dealer and chairman of Charbaghdanga Union Parishad. There was an allegation the he campaigned for election publicly. Meanwhile, four drug dealers were killed in gunfight in Feni, Cumilla and Meherpur last week.
According to the sources, more than 1,50,000 drug peddlers and users were arrested in 1,15,000 cases in last year’s anti-drug drive. Police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Department of Narcotics Control (DNC), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Coast Guard and intelligence agencies carried out anti-drug operations. Three hundred drug dealers were killed in gunfights with RAB and police.
risingbd/Dhaka/Jan 12, 2013/Asad/Mukul