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24 March, 2019 12:35:04 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 March, 2019 03:56:20 PM
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Yaba rackets continue to operate across border

Deepak Acharjee, Dhaka
Yaba rackets continue to operate across border

Despite assurances by Indian authorities to stop the smuggling of yaba tablets, the “madness drug” has been entering Bangladesh through different points of the Indo-Bangla border for the past four years, sources in the BGB and home ministry said. The sources said consignments of the drug were being smuggled into Bangladesh almost every week and then distributed across the country. This was helped by the rising demand for yaba tablets following the ongoing special drives against the drug in some parts of the country, especially in Cox’s Bazar area, the sources added.

It is alleged that Indian smugglers, who produce phensidyl, were now producing yaba tablets as well at various places in North-24 Parganas district of West Bengal. They were encouraged to diversify into this business due to the soaring demand for the madness drug in Bangladesh.

According to the sources, four brands of yaba tablets—‘007’, ‘Champa’, ‘WY’ and ‘Neela’—were being smuggled across the Indo-Bangla border.

“Of these, the 007 tablets are costlier than the others. They are pink in colour and sell at Tk 500 to Tk 600 each. The colour of the Champa brand is light pink and each tablet sells at Tk 350 to Tk 500. The WY tablets are also light in colour and cost Tk 150 to Tk 200 each,” a BGB source said.

The sources revealed that the border points of Kashipur, Shikarpur, Putkhali, Goga, Kaiba, Sadipur and Dhannokhola in Sharsha area and Kabinpur, Mashila, Hizli and Jadavpur of Chowgacha, and the Benapole-Petrapole formed the main transit routes of yaba tablets entering Bangladesh from India.

In a reverse flow, gold was being smuggled from Bangladesh to India.

The smugglers used several SIM cards of Bangladeshi and Indian mobile phone operators as the networks of the two countries were available for a distance of around 1.5 km on both sides of the no man’s land, the sources said.

BGB regional commander of Jessore region Brig. Gen. Murshed told The Independent that they had seized a good number of yaba tablets smuggled in from India during the past few months.

“We are trying to stop the smuggling of yaba, but can’t,” he said. “We will place the issue at

a special meeting to be held at the BGB headquarters in Peelkhana on April 4,” he added.

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will preside over the meeting, which will be attended by the members of parliament (MPs) and the deputy commissioners (DCs) of the 32 bordering areas.

On March 21, personnel from BGB’s 53 battalion had seized 40,000 yaba tablets from a frontier field at Bisrashia in Shibganj upazila of the district.

In January, BGB had seized 9,300 yaba pills at the Agrabhulot border point. Sources said Yaba was mostly popular among those who suffer from sexual or mental problems. The drug is believed to have led to organised crime rackets, official corruption, street violence, and broken families.


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