BNP smells a rat in anti-drug drive

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, May 23,2018 | Updated: 00:10, May 23,2018


Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Tuesday claimed that the government launched the anti-drug drive with an ‘ill political motive’ to kill young leaders and activists of the opposition in order to create ‘panic’ ahead of the upcoming general election.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing at the party’s central office said the drive was taken with deep political purpose.
The drive was taken to arrest targeted young opposition leaders and activists in ‘false’ allegations and kill them, he said, adding that a member of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, Amzad Hossain, was killed in Netrokona on Monday night as part of the plot.
Eleven suspected drug peddlers were killed in reported ‘gunfights’ with law enforcers in Comilla, Chuadanga, Chittagong, Feni, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Narayanganj, Netrakona, and Brahmanbaria early Tuesday, according to law-enforcers.
This was the highest number of deaths in ‘gunfights’ in a single day followed by nine on Monday.
The government’s purpose is to create panic ahead of the upcoming general election, Rizvi said.
He said no God Father of drug dealers was being caught but only little fish were being arrested.
The country was severely affected by drugs during the last nine-and-a-half years, Rizvi said, adding that drugs were being spread in a planned way to destroy the youth community.
‘Big fishes like ruling party’s lawmaker Bodi are behind it,’ he said, referring to ruling party lawmaker Abdur Rahman from Teknaf.
Even some upper-level police are involved in drug trade, Rizvi said.
He questioned why the government failed to close the channels of neighbouring countries from where drugs were being entered into Bangladesh.
Rizvi alleged that plainclothes police were harassing leaders and activists in the name of search even in the month of Ramadan.
He alleged that people identifying them as members of Detective Branch police on Monday night went to the residence of missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali at Banani in Dhaka.
They knocked door strongly and asked Ilias’s wife to open the door, said Rizvi, adding that the group left once media people rushed to the place.

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