Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday told Jatiya Sangsad that necessary initiatives were taken to set up liaison offices in border areas to promote cooperation with India and Myanmar so that drives against narcotics could be initiated instantly.
In replying to a question of treasury bench member Waresat Hussain Belal, the home minister gave the information.
He said so far five fruitful bilateral meetings over narcotics control were held at director general-level between Department of Narcotics Control of Bangladesh and Narcotics Control Bureau of India.
Besides, so far three bilateral meetings were held between Bangladesh and Myanmar delegations to prevent smuggling of Yaba, Asaduzzman said adding that in each meeting lists of narcotic traders and secret factories of narcotics production in India and Myanmar were handed over and requested to take necessary steps to this end.
He said Myanmar was requested to take necessary steps for stopping production and supply of Yaba, and against Yaba factories on Myanmar border through exchanging intelligence information between the two countries.
The home minister said all-out regular drive was being conducted across the country updating the list of Yaba traders.
Replying to a tabled question from treasury bench member M Abdul Latif, the home minister said although huge amount of narcotics were confiscated due to skill and experiences of law enforcers, more success could not be attained in confiscating narcotics as the law enforcers had no modern detective devices.
Asaduzzaman said tender had been invited for purchasing at least one drug detecting device and mobile tracker for each office of Department of Narcotics Control.
About the failure of automatic traffic control system, he, responding to another question from Didarul Alam, said traffic police would have to control traffic movement through manual signalling to keep up plying of vehicles in Dhaka.
He said introduction of experimental basis automatic traffic timing system was tested on a working day on May 17, 2015, but that created huge traffic jam in the whole Dhaka city. As a result the system was suspended from that day, he added.
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