One more ‘drug peddler’ was shot dead by unidentified assailants by the side of Bypass Road in Faridpur Sadar early Monday, taking the death counts in the ongoing anti-drug drive to 136 since May 15.
Besides, over 16,500 suspected ‘drug peddlers’ and ‘abusers’ were arrested by the police and Rapid Action Battalion across the country. RAB began the drive on May 4 and police on May 18.
As the number of deaths in ‘gunfights’ during the drive continues to increase every day, different organisations have urged the government to stop extrajudicial killings in the name of ‘gunfights’.
Ambassadors of the European Union member countries in Dhaka, meanwhile, in a joint statement on Monday demanded full investigation into all incidents of deaths of alleged criminal suspects in the drive against narcotics.
Socialist Party of Bangladesh in a statement urged the government to stop the extrajudicial killing and mass arrest in the name of containing drugs.
The statement demanded arrest of ‘real godfathers’ and ensure their punishment through trial.
RAB headquarters officials said they arrested 3,666 suspected ‘drug peddlers’ and ‘abusers’ since May 4 while police headquarters officials said they arrested 12,912 others since May 18.
New Age correspondent in Faridpur, quoting Kotwali police officer-in-charge FM Nasim, reported that unidentified assailants shot suspected drug trader Azad Khan, 45, of Tepakhola of the district town at a location by the side of Bypass Road at Alalpur early Monday.
The police officer said that they, being informed by the locals, recovered the bullet-hit body from the spot Monday morning.
He said that they seized 80 pieces of Yaba in possession of the deceased. ‘We have been investigating the reason of this murder.’
Azad was named in seven cases, four of them under narcotics control act.
The victim’s son-in-law Abdur Razzak said his father-in-law remained missing for three days.
New Age correspondent in Brahmanbaria, quoting police, reported that p
olice arrested an Awami League leader, Sirajul I
slam, 47, of village Manianda under Akhaura in the district and seized 109 pieces of Yaba Monday morning.
Besides, a team of Rapid Action Battalion-8 early Monday arrested Sheikh Md Salam, 50, owner of Sheikh Filling Station of Charkawa area of the town from his residence at Obaidur Rahman Mustafa Road of south Alekanda.
RAB also seized one pistol, one magazine and 90 Yaba tablets from his possession, a press release issued by RAB-8 said.
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