The omnivorous drug chobal! – Bhorer Kagoj

* Yaba * Cannabis * Alcohol * Phensidyl * Heroin * Ice * Sector

The spread of drugs in the country has become omnipresent. Yaba, marijuana, alcohol, phencidyl, heroin and various other drugs are available as soon as you raise your hand. Its horrible scourge has spread from town to village. Many counterfeit drugs have also spread in the real crowd. Although drug consignments are seized every day in the raids of the law enforcement agencies, the drug addicts are getting any kind of drugs including 35 colors of yaba, marijuana, alcohol and heroin as per their demand. The smuggling route has changed after tightening the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf route.

Yaba shipments are entering the border via Myanmar-India. Cannabis shipments are also coming to the border. Although the price is high, the value of phencidyl has suddenly increased. The Department of Drug Control has come up with some new types of drugs. Although the import of foreign liquor has been stopped due to the global epidemic, there is no shortage of liquor in the market. Meanwhile, the market for adulterated foreign liquor is soylab. The easy availability of yaba has reduced the value of heroin. So the shipment has also decreased. However, the reckless traders increase the demand for other drugs. Many new ones are being added to this profession. The latest list of the Department of Narcotics Control has 6,324 names, most of whom are active fugitives.

In this context, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told Bhorer Kagoj that the law enforcement agencies are always working to catch drug consignments and drug dealers. Intelligence activities are also going on. The government is pursuing a zero tolerance policy on drugs. No matter who is involved with this, there is no chance of getting through.

Director General of the Department of Narcotics Control. Ahsanul Jabbar said, if the restrictions are tightened, drugs will enter the other way by changing the route. Then the new route was tightened. Mentioning that yaba is coming more because of the demand, he said, “We are trying to keep all the agencies in control of the drug.”

According to the Narcotics Control Department, the latest list for January includes 3,024 in Dhaka Division, 1,173 in Rajshahi Division, 617 in Rangpur Division, 1,612 in Chittagong Division, 61 in Khulna Division, 294 in Mymensingh Division, 92 in Sylhet Division and Barisal. There are 251 names in the department. Of these, only Cox’s Bazar district has 196 names. Among the top drug traffickers on the list is Zahirul Islam alias Elach Farooq, son of Nazrul Islam of North Buniyachhar in Cox’s Bazar. Notable among the fugitives are Kazi Morshed Ahmed Babu, son of Tofail Ahmed of Cox’s Bazar Light House, Azizul Haque Sohel, son of Hachu Miah of Chakriya, Taher Ahmed, son of late Siddique Ahmed of Teknaf Konapara and Madhu Selmer Ahmed of Ukhia. Among them is the cannabis wholesaler. Others deal in yaba.

Several police officials said there was a separate list of area-based drug dealers. In addition to the Thana Police, there are separate lists of District Detective Police (DB), Special Branch of Police (SB), Narcotics Control Department. New names are constantly being added to the updated list. Although the drug smugglers were released on bail after being caught, the smugglers and the culprits are still elusive. Those involved are getting over the lack of witnesses, the trial is hanging on year after year. The police and the Narcotics Control Department are working to raise social awareness to overcome the situation.

According to the statistics, from 2009 to October 2020, there were 9 lakh 69 thousand 81 accused in 6 lakh 6 thousand 59 drug cases. 21 crore 46 lakh 36 thousand 428 pieces of yaba, 2 thousand 491.98 kg heroin, 43.696 kg cocaine, 216.396 kg opium, 5 lakh 3 thousand 917.336 kg gaza, 1 crore 8 lakh 13 thousand 610 bottles were recovered. Phensidyl, 22 thousand 417.513 liters of liquid Phensidyl, 20 lakh 83 thousand 130 bottles of foreign liquor, 6 thousand 954.317 liters of foreign liquor, 11 lakh 52 thousand 919 cans of beer, 48 thousand 215 bottles of beer and 14 lakh 8 thousand 911 ampoules ( Injecting drug) recovered. Police, RAB, BGB, Narcotics Control Department and Coast Guard conducted the operation. According to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, 16,529 people have been arrested with various types of drugs in 11,116 cases from January to November last year.

It is learned that after the spread of Yaba spread across the country on May 4, 2016, the special anti-drug campaign started and stopped a few months later. More than 300 drug dealers, including four women, were killed in the ‘gunfight’ in the RAB-police operation. Of these, only Teknaf, known as the Yabar route, killed six people. The list of dead includes 85 Rohingyas including 2 women. During the operation, on February 18, 2019, 102 yaba traders listed by the Home Ministry surrendered at a police rally at the Teknaf Pilot School ground in Cox’s Bazar district, surrendering 300,000 yaba pills and 30 firearms. Many of them are now free at the end of the sentence. However, on the same day that the surrender ceremony was solemnized, 560,000 yaba pills were recovered from three places in Cox’s Bazar district. The next day, 20,000 yaba was recovered. There are still reports of Yaba shipments being exchanged in the area. The Cox’s Bazar detective police list lists 1,151 people involved in the yaba business in the district. Only 912 of them are from Teknaf. As such, only 1 in 9 of the total yaba traders in Teknaf surrendered to the police, but the rest are elusive. During the operation, 21 drug dealers surrendered in different parts of the country including 21 in Chagalnaiya, one in Jamalpur, six in Rajbari and 56 in Naogaon. Although the special operation has created fear among the drug traffickers, they have become active again as the tide has turned.

Meanwhile, along with yaba, there is a huge demand for Gaza all over the country. Cannabis is being cultivated by planting trees in flower tubs in different parts of the country. He is also crossing the border and smuggling cannabis. Shipments of phencyclidine and heroin are also coming. Besides, news is coming that new types of drugs including ‘Ice’ and ‘Khat’ are being exchanged. The aggression of the drug traffickers is not going to be stopped even in the special operations as they are becoming helpless due to the change of strategy of the drug traffickers in the continuous operations of the law enforcement agencies. Although there is a shortage of warehouses and bars due to the stoppage of wine imports, foreign liquor and beer are secretly available at higher prices. Twelve people have died in the last two months due to toxic alcohol in the market.


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