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Youths, women involved in Yaba trading

Drug business still going on in Khulna

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Ahsanul Amin George, Khulna :
Drug-lords ,patrons and traders are still active in Khulna. In spite of the fact that some small drug traders are being arrested often by the law enforcers including elite force RAB , members of detective branch (DB), members of Khulna Narcotics Control Directorate (NCD) and policemen of all police stations. But some evil persons are informing by mentioning some fake names to the members of different Intelligence wings of the several law enforcing agencies including detective branch (DB), City special branch (CSB) and district special branch and National Security Intelligence (NSI) for making list of drug traders centering the previous enmity. As such actual drug traders and their finance givers-patrons are rescuing themselves from the arrest by the law enforcers, it is alleged.
NCD, Khulna sources said, on March 19, 2019, under the supervision of the Deputy Director (DD) of Khulna Narcotics Control Directorate (NCD) Md. Rasheduzzaman, a special team led by its Inspector Parvin Akter conducted drives at different parts of the city and arrested three persons along with Yaba and Phensedyl. Later they were awarded punishment including jail and fine through a Mobile Court.
On March 17, 2019, a special team, led by the members of Khulna District DB's OC Tofayel Ahmed arrested two drug peddlers along with phensedyl from Rupsha toll plaza while a Suzuki Motorcycle was also seized from the drug traders, DB sources said.
Recently on March 17, 2019, policemen of Khalishpur police station arrested two ganja (Hemp) traders including a woman along with one kg hemp from Khalishpur area in the city. Shaikh Moniruzzaman Mithu, additional deputy police commissioner (ADC) of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) ascertained this matter to the journalists.
Earlier, a list consisting names of  346  Influential persons  who are reportedly implicated in drug peddling in Khulna region have sent to Khulna Narcotics Control Directorate (NCD). The list was made by the Head Office of the Narcotics Control department on the basis of report of different Intelligence wings which were first sent to NCD's Dhaka office, thereafter it was sent to the office of the Premier and then the list was sent from PM office to Khulna NCD through the Home Ministry under reference number-174, Dated-March 15, 2018 of the Head office of the Director (Operations) of the Narcotics Control Directorate at Dhaka. In that list it is directed to take actions against the listed criminals who are reportedly involved in drug peddling and smuggling and assisting the drug traders, sources said.
According to the list, 272 influential persons, 34 policemen including two Officers-in-charge of two police stations of Khulna district and 40 others have been directly and indirectly conducting and patronizing the brisk business of drug and smuggling at eight police stations areas in Khulna city under Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) and nine upazila areas of Khulna district under Khulna district police (SP Office).
Sources said, Drug peddling gangs are alarmingly active in Khulna city and at Nine upazila areas of Khulna district. Drug peddlers are more active than the previous periods. Drug-addicts can get drugs easily if they expand their hands. Yaba, ganja (Hemp) and Indian contraband Phensedyl are being sold without any obstacles. Drug-addicts are implicating with different kind of crimes including snatching, stealing, robbery and killing without getting money for purchasing drugs.
Several killings occurred in Khulna centering the supremacy over drug peddling, according to the police. But it is a matter of great strange that drug peddling can not be stopped by any means.
Sources said, drives against drug sellers are conducted now and then, but result is zero as some influential persons , it is alleged.
Selling and buying of drugs are now the common features of Khulna city and nine upazila areas of Khulna district.
Sources further said, the drug peddlers are so strong that they have been conducting their illegal business without any hesitation. On the other hand, young generation is destroying due to violent clutches of drugs.
It is alleged that different type of drugs are being sold at different places in the city. Near at Khulna Club, at Tootpara, Baniakhamar areas under Khulna Kotwali police station, Zoragate, Housing bazaar, Near T&T office, Goalkhali, Noyabati, Kashipur Padma gate, Khalishpur Industrial areas under Khalishpur police station, Sonadanga bus stand, New Market, Khanjahan Nagor, Sonadanga residential area under Sonadanga police station, Daulatpur Notun Rastar more, Railygate, Pabla Bonikpara, Pabla Dattobari, Chunnur Battala, Pabla Khan para, Pabla Bairagi para, Deana Jessore more,Deana Asader more and Deana Mukul Vandar and Daulatpur Anjuman road (Amtala intersection) area under Daulatpur police station, Arongghatabazar, Sholuabazar and Latabazar areas under Arongghata police station, Jabdipur, Badamtala, Shiromoni and Patherbazar areas under Khanjahan Ali police station  under Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) in Khulna city, drug traders have been selling drugs at random.
According to sources, more than at 500 spots  at different places under eight police stations in Khulna city,  different type of drugs including Yaba, Ganja(Hemp) and Phensedyl are being sold and purchased without any obstruction. Besides, at different places of nine upazila areas in the district, drug peddling is going on unabated. The nine upazilas of Khulna district are- Digholia, Phultala, Dumuria, Terokhada, Rupsha, Batiaghata, Koyra, Dakop and Paikgachha upazila.
On the other hand, the eight police stations under Khulna city are- Khulna Kotwali, Sonadanga, Horintana, Labonchara,  Arongghata, Khanjahan Ali, Daulatpur and Khalishpur police stations.
Sardar Rakibul Islam, acting Police Commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) said, stern action has been taking against the listed drug traders and their patrons, the culprits whatever may be their designations, no drug related persons will be spared, he added.
KMP's acting Police Commissioner further said, we will make a clean Khulna which will be a drug free and all other anti social activities free in association with the journalists.

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