HM unaware of MPs being on list of suspected drug dealers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:14, Jun 25,2018 | Updated: 21:07, Jun 25,2018

 
 

Home minister Asaduzzman Khan speaks at a briefing at Bangladesh Secretariat on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking.-- PID photo

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said that he is not sure whether the lists of suspected drug dealers prepared by intelligence agencies had any name of any member of parliament.

The minister made the comment while talking to newsmen at a briefing at Bangladesh Secretariat on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking scheduled to be observed across the world on June 26.

‘I cannot say right now whether there is any name of any MP in the list of suspected drug peddlers. We collected the list from different intelligence agency and sent it to police. They have been looking into the matter,’ the minister said.

The minister said that the police have so far arrested about 22,000 drug peddlers and addicts since May 12 and that none was arrested without '100 per cent’ confirmation of involvement in drugs dealing.

He said that the ongoing nationwide anti-drug drive will continue until containing drugs and that the drive drew huge positive response.

‘The drug peddlers and abusers have left their areas. We will nab them all.’

The minister said that the government had talked to the Myanmar government for assistance in containing drugs and they assured to do so. ‘But they did not do so.’

Asked about the advancement in probe into the killing of Teknaf municipality ward councilor Ekramul Huq in the name of ‘gunfight’ with RAB that drew huge criticism and family’s blame of cold blooded murder, the minister said, ‘investigation is going on. [We will] let you know. RAB itself has been investigating [into the matter]. A magistrate is also probing.’  

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