At least 23,476 suspected drug peddlers and addicts were arrested by the police and the Rapid Action Battalion during the ongoing nationwide anti-drug drive, they said Wednesday afternoon.
No deaths in gunfights were reported for the day by the police and the RAB.
At least 150 suspected drug peddlers and addicts were killed, mostly in ‘gunfights’ from May 15 to June 12, according to police and RAB accounts.
The police arrested 23,476 suspects since its drive began on May 18, said assistant inspector general of police for media Soheli Ferdous.
And 533 suspects were arrested on Tuesday alone, Soheli said.
RAB arrested 5,469 suspects since its drive began on May 4 and 4,114 were jailed and fined through by Rab’s mobile courts and 1,355 others were produced in courts for trial on drug charges, said a news release of Rab’s legal and media wing on Wednesday.
Dhaka Metropolitan police arrested 49 suspects in 24 hours ended 6 AM Wednesday, DMP officials told New Age.
They said that the DMP also seized 5,989 Yaba tablets, 1.136 kg of heroin, 950 grams of hemp, 275 bottles of Phenesedyl and 80 ampules of injectable drugs.
In Rajshahi, mobile courts ran by RAB-5 jailed and fined 41 drug peddlers and addicts in separate drives at different places of the division on Wednesday, RAB said in a text message.
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