Issuing a note of warning, Chittagong Metropolitan Police commissioner Mahbubur Rahman on Tuesday said that the involvement of cops in drug trading would in no way be tolerated.
‘Those involved in Yaba peddling are not part of the police force. Police can fail but can’t get involved in the Yaba business. If anyone wants to engage in Yaba trading, he has to leave the job of a cop,’ the CMP commissioner said while addressing an anti-drug rally organised by community police division of Kotwali police in the city.
Mentioning that mere religious sermons would not stop drug traders, Mahbubur said that peddlers would only refrain from the trade if it posed a risk to their lives. ‘I think there should be loss of lives for the sake of peace.’
He also said that there was risk of death in combating drugs as drug traders were equipping themselves with arms to face the law enforcers. ‘We also have weapons and we’ve the right to use our arms against them. So, there’ll be loss of lives,’ he said.
The CMP chief alleged that an international syndicate was involved in destroying the country using Yaba as tool. ‘We’ve to thwart the conspiracy,’ he said, urging the Border Guard Bangladesh and Bangladesh Coast Guard to play strong roles in eliminating drugs.
Referring to the ‘failure’ of the border guards in stopping the entry of Yaba into the country from Myanmar, he said, ‘Had we been able to protect our 120-km border, Yaba peddling wouldn’t have spread throughout the country.’
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