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17 February, 2019 12:55:43 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 17 February, 2019 07:55:33 AM
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102 yaba dealers surrender to police, land in jail

The surrender comes on the back of a massive anti-narcotics crackdown conducted since May last year
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
102 yaba dealers surrender 
to police, land in jail
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan talks to a section of the 102 yaba dealers who surrendered to police at a programme in Taknaf in Cox’s Bazar yesterday. AFP photo

In a historic event, 102 yaba dealers surrendered to police yesterday in the presence of home minister Asaduzzaman Khan at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazaar. After the surrender, all the drug dealers were sent to jail following the filing of two cases under the arams and drugs acts. The one-of-a-kind event, titled ‘Surrender programme of drug traders for returning to normal life’, was arranged by the government to give the drug dealers a chance to return to the mainstream. They were accepted back into the fold on several terms and conditions, such as they would not get involved with the drug business in future, they would help create public awareness against the drug menace and previous cases will run on their way. The home minister greeted them with flowers.

Among the drug dealers who surrendered, there were 12 members from the family of former lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi. They included: Bodi’s four brothers Abdus Shukkur, 33, Aminur Rahman alias Abdul Amin, 41, Shafiqul Islam alias Shafiq, 29 and Faisal Rahman, 29. Besides, Bodi's nephew Shahed Rahman Nipu, 33, cousin Kamrul Hasan Russel, 35, another cousin Maung Aung Thiain, 48 and other family members Sayed Hossain, Sahed Kamal, Maruf Bimn Khalil, Jamal Hossain and Mohammad Alam surrendered to the police.  Though Abdur Rahman Bodi had acted as a coordinator of this process earlier, he was not seen at yesterday’s (Saturday’s) programme.

They were brought on a stage set up for their surrender at 10:30am from a safe house where they had been kept, said sources. The formal surrender came after a massive anti-narcotics crackdown was conducted since May last year. However, sources said more than 150 were supposed to have surrendered.

Police sources said among the 102 drug peddlers who surrendered, 30 are yaba godfathers. Cases related to arms and yaba recovery will be filed against them. During the process, 3,50,000 yaba pills and 30 illegal arms were also surrendered to the law enforcers.

Inspector-general of police Javed Patwary and lawmakers of the four constituencies in the district—Shahin Aktar Chowdhury, Jafar Alam, Ashek

Ullah Rafiq and Saimum Sarwar Komol—were also present at the ceremony.

Cox’s Bazar superintendent of police (SP) AKM Masud Hossain, said 1,461 cases were filed against the drug peddlers in the district since May last year and 1,583 persons arrested in the cases. Also, 53 people have been killed in gunfights with police and with rival groups, he also disclosed.

The assets of those who surrendered on Saturday will be brought to book, the SP added.

Earlier in the day, he said two cases (drugs and arms) will be filed against the surrendered peddlers and they will be jailed. “There will be no scope for general amnesty. Everything will be in accordance with the law,” added the SP.

At the programme, Asaduzzaman Khan also called on others to surrender and said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken the stand of not giving any concessions to drug traders. “There is no excuse for drugs and no-one will be spared,” the minister said, directing Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) to tighten security across the border. “We need to save our country. There will be no yaba godfather left in hiding,” he said.

“Not just Teknaf but also Bangladesh should be free of Yaba. Legal action will also be taken against any law enforcer involved in drug trafficking.” The minister said to the surrenderees: “You seek forgiveness from Allah, please try to be good and come forward to build a good nation.”

“Those who have not surrendered should quickly surrender before the law. Otherwise, no matter how powerful a Yaba trader is, they must be brought under the law,” warned the minister.

Md. Javed Patwari also urged other smugglers to surrender. “I want to send a strong message to those who are still behind the scenes. Surrender, otherwise strict action will be taken,” he said. The police chief also warned of strict action against any law enforcer involved in drug trafficking.

The police boss said everything would be done to ensure those who surrender, and legal help would be given to them. The process will be ended within a short time, he added. Patwari said he also plans to organise such surrenders in every district of Bangladesh.

By announcing continuation of the campaign to eradicate the Yaba menace, he said, “We will eliminate the drug Inshallah.” Three Yaba peddlers also spoke at the programme. One of the peddlers, Md Siraj, rued his drug dealing activities and also urged others to shun the drug business and return to normal life.

“I used to engage in the Yaba business earlier but later I realised that this is bad for our nation. The generation of our youths in our country has been destroyed for this business. Owing to the Yaba business, the reputation of Teknaf has gone down day by day. People feel embarrassed when someone introduces him/her as a resident of Cox’s Bazar,” said Md. Siraj.

He said, ‘I realised my mistake and left the business and surrendered. I want the Yaba business to be closed. We request all of you, those who have made Yaba their business, that everyone looks at us with hatred in their eyes, please let us leave this business.”

“The reputation of Cox’s Bazar district, despite many of its achievements and developments, is at stake because of the drug trade in this region,” said the IGP, adding: “I am saying with a note of warning that those who did not surrender today (Saturday) will face dire consequences.”Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced a “war on drugs” in May 2018 after a reported spurt in the sale and use of methamphetamine. Following the announcement, law enforcement agencies launched a nationwide anti-drug drive. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) launched its drive on May 4 and the police on May 18.


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