With two more suspected drug peddlers killed in a ‘gunfight’ with the police at Mymensingh on Tuesday in the early hours, the death toll in the countrywide anti-drug drive rose to 150 over the past 29 days.
And at least 22,961 other suspected drug peddlers and addicts were arrested by the police and Rapid Action Battalion, according to the RAB and the police headquarters.
Suspected peddlers, Rony Mia, 30, of Krishtapur and Anwar Hossain alias Anar, 38, of Banshbari Colony, were killed in a gunfight with the detective branch of police at Kalibari Road, Mymensingh City at about 1.45AM said district DB officer-in-charge Ashiqur Rahman.
According to him, DB seized 1,750 yaba tablets, a pistol and three empty cartridges from the spot.
Since May 18, the police arrested 17,474 suspects, said assistant inspector general of police for media Soheli Ferdous.
RAB arrested 5,487 others since they began the drive on May 4, a press release of RAB’s legal and media wing said.
Of the 5,487 arrested by RAB, 4,114 were jailed and fined by mobile courts and 1,373 were produced at courts in drug related cases, the release said.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police said they arrested 46 suspected peddlers and addicts across the city in 24 hours ended at 6AM, Tuesday.
They said that they also seized 14,490 yaba tablets, 60 grams of heroin, 1,000 bottles of Phenesedyl, 1.4 kg of hemp and 60 ampules of injectable drugs from their possession.
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