At least 26,185 suspected drug peddlers and addicts were arrested said the police and the Rapid Action Battalion during the ongoing countrywide anti-drug drive, until Tuesday.
A suspected drug peddler was injured in a ‘gunfight’ with the detective branch of the police at Baraigram, Natore early Tuesday.
At least 155 suspected drug peddlers and addicts were killed in the drive from May 15 to June 18, according to police and RAB accounts.
The suspected drug peddlers and the addicts were mostly killed during ‘gunfights’, they said.
The police arrested at least 20,449 suspects since its drive began on May 18, assistant inspector
general of police for media Sahely Ferdous told New Age.
On Monday, she said, the police arrested 373 suspected peddlers and addicts.
RAB arrested 5,696 others since its drive began on May 4, a press release issued by RAB’s legal and media wing said on Monday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police officials said they arrested 33 suspected drug peddlers and addicts in separate drives from different areas of the capital in 24 hours ending at 6AM on Tuesday.
United News of Bangladesh, quoting Natore detective branch of police officer-in-charge MahbuburRahman, reported that suspected drug peddler Tuhin Bhuiyan of Gopalpur was arrested with 1,000 Yaba tablets on Monday.
Later at night, police along with Tuhin conducted a drive at Chandai
College Para in the
upazila in search of his associates.
Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, Tuhin’s associates opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back, he said.
At one stage, Tuhin was caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet injuries, he said.
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