At least 21,694 suspected drug peddlers and addicts were arrested during the ongoing anti-drug drives across Bangladesh, the police and the Rapid Action Battalion said on Sunday afternoon.
No deaths were reported for the day by the police and the RAB.
At least 147 suspected drug peddlers and addicts were killed in the drives from May 15 to June 9, according to the police and the RAB.
The suspected drug peddlers and the addicts were mostly killed during ‘gunfights,’ according the police
and the RAB.
Protests by political and social organizations as well as human rights groups continued in the capital only.
The protesters said that none dare to hold protests against the extrajudicial killings outside the capital.
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad on Sunday asked the government to stop the extrajudicial killings.
BMP leaders voiced the demand at a press conference at its office at the Sufia Kamal Bhaban at Segunbagicha in the capital.
Mahila Parishad leaders expressed ‘deep concern’ over the prevailing situation.
They said sealing the routes through which drugs were smuggled into the country would be best way of tackling the menace.
They asked the government to bring the masterminds and the drug peddlers to the legal process for giving the exemplary punishments.
Mahila Parishad president Ayesha Khanam chaired the news conference and programme director Jana Goshwami in a written statement described extrajudicial killing as a violation of human rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
Communist Party of Bangladesh and Socialist Party of Bangladesh announced on Sunday that they would jointly hold protests across the country on Monday against the extrajudicial killings in the name of ‘gunfight’ during the anti-drug drives.
In a joint press release, both the parties also demanded curbing the drug menace with iron hands through strict enforcements of the law.
The police arrested 16,408 suspects since its drive began on May 18, said assistant inspector general of police for media Soheli Ferdous.
RAB arrested 5,286 others since they began the drive on May 4, a press release issued by RAB’s legal and media wing said on Sunday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police officials said they arrested 72 suspected drug peddlers and addicts in separate drives from different areas of the capital in 24 hours ending at 6AM on Sunday.
RAB-1 said it on Sunday afternoon it arrested 22 students from the capital’s Basundhara Residential Area while they were allegedly taking drugs.
A RAB mobile court jailed them for different terms and realized fines from them, said RAB.
In Mymensingh, a district court on Sunday allowed the district police authorities to take police constable Al-Amin to remand for two days for interrogations.
The constable was arrested Saturday allegedly for possessing and selling Yaba tablets, additional superintendent of police (crime) SA Newazi told New Age.
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