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A confusing war on drugs

We are confused about the anti-narcotics drive currently underway across the country, which has claimed more than a hundred lives. In Teknaf, a ward councillor, Ekramul Haque, was killed by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in a "gunfight". The security forces claimed that he was a top drug dealer. On other hand, those who knew him vehemently denied the assertion, according to media reports, saying that he had never been involved in drug trade.
A local municipally mayor even wrote an open letter to the prime minister, claiming that Ekramul Haque had rather been outspoken against Abdur Rahman Bodi, a local MP listed as a top drug dealer by several government agencies.
If the government truly wants to disrupt the drug trade, it must take action against the godfathers. Also, it must be cautious in terms of using force and ensure the rule of law in dealing with those accused of being involved.

Fouzol Kabir
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