70pc of Yaba pills come from Myanmar: minister

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:13, Jul 26,2017


Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday said that 70 per cent of contraband Yaba pills were brought to this country from Myanmar through Naf River.
‘We may ban fishing in Naf for one to six months to examine the Yaba inflow into Bangladesh,’ he said at a press conference marking International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at the ministry.
He said that a large number of fishermen might have involvement in the smuggling of Yaba pills.
The home minister on Saturday also expressed the similar stance as he said that the government was mulling over a ban on catching fishes along the Naf to contain unbridled smuggling of Amphetamine Type Stimulants known as Yaba.
Officials, however, said that it would be difficult to impose long-term ban on fishing in the area as at least 25,000 families were dependent on fishing in the river.
When asked about the facilities developed along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, department of narcotics control’s director Towfique Ahmed said the authorities had so far gathered information about some 40 clandestine labs located in remote hilly areas of Myanmar along the border.
The issue would be addressed at Bangladesh-Myanmar talks on drug control scheduled for August 20-22 in Myanmar, he said.
‘We have informed Myanmar authorities about the establishments in their territory but did not get satisfactory reply,’ he said with a hope that the bilateral talks would bring positive results in destroying the clandestine labs on Myanmar side.

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