Cox's Bazar: Rohingya man held with one lakh yaba pills
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) said they detained a Rohingya man with one lakh yaba pills from the Ukhiya border area on Thursday. The detainee was identified as Sharif Hossain, 21, son of Bashir Ahmed of Kutupalong Rohingya camp of Ukhiya upazila. Tipped off, a team of BGB conducted a raid at Tulatuli Joliler Goda of Rajapalong union, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Saiful Islam Chowdhury, commanding officer of 34th BGB Battalion, said. Hot on the trail of potential "drug smugglers," BGB detained Sharif with one lakh contraband yaba pills as was trying to smuggle the cheap synthetic drug from Myanmar into Bangladesh. The detainee and the yaba pills were handed over to Ukiya Police Station, Saiful said. Read more: Yaba smuggling: 8 Rohingyas get life term jail in Cox’s Bazar
APBn detains Saudi resident with yaba at Dhaka Airport
Members of the Armed Police Battalion (APBn) on Saturday detained a Saudi Arabia resident with 15,400 yaba pills at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The detainee has been identified as Md Rubel Hossain, originally from Chandpur district. Additional SP of Airport Armed Police (AAP) Mohammad Ziaul Haque said they detained Rubel on suspicion in front of Gate No. 1 of the departure terminal this afternoon. During preliminary interrogation, Masud revealed that he had kept 15,400 Yaba pills in his luggage which were recovered later, he added. Legal action will be taken against him, said the ASP. Read more: 2 held with Yaba worth over Tk 1 cr in Dhaka
‘Drug peddler’ held with Yaba pills in Teknaf
Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) on Tuesday detained a suspected drug peddler and seized 84,000 yaba pills from Shahpori island and Keruntoli areas in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar. However, the identity of the detainee was not disclosed by the Coast Guard officials. Tipped-off, BCG Station at Teknaf conducted a special drive in Shahpori island area around 1:30am and detained the man along with 70,000 yaba pills, said a media release signed by Lt Commander Khandaker Munif Taqi, media officer of the BCG. Besides, another BCG team found a man roaming in Kuruntoli area around 3am. Coast Guard members signaled the man to stop as his movements seemed suspicious. Sensing the presence of the Coast Guard men, the man dropped a bag and fled, it added. Later, 14,000 yaba pills were seized from the bag. The detainee and the seized yaba pills were handed over to Teknaf Model Police Station for further legal action, said the release.
2 held with Yaba worth over Tk 1 cr in Dhaka
Police arrested two drug peddlers with 35,000 pieces of Yaba worth Tk 1.05 crore from Aftabnagar in the capital on Tuesday.The arrestees were identified as Jomirul Islam, 45, of Kulia village in Jamalpur district and Belaluddin Mridha, 55, of Basudebpur village in Natore.Acting on a tip-off, a team of DMP's Badda Thana police conducted drives in the capital's Aftabnagar area and first arrested Jomirul with 2,000 pieces of yaba, said a media statement. Read: 3 held with 13000 yaba pills in cityLater, based on the information given by Jomirul the law enforcers conducted a drive again in Aftabnagaar's Eastern Housing area and arrested Belal with 33,000 pieces of yaba, added the release.A case was filed at Badda police station against the accused, it said.
BCL leader expelled after getting caught with Yaba in Chattogram
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader of Patiya municipality in the district has been expelled from the organization following his arrest by police with Yaba pills early Wednesday. The BCL leader has been identified as Atiqul Rahman alias Gazi Alvi, joint convener of Patiya municipality unit BCL. Sources said Alavi along with his aide identified as Ashraful Islam alias Shawon was arrested with 1,400 Yaba pills from the Jungle union of Patiya upazila in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Reacting to the incident, the organizing committee of the Chattogram south district BCL fired Alvi from the organization, said a press release signed by its President SM Borhan Uddin and General Secretary Md Abu Taher on Wednesday. Read: BCL leader hacked to death in Cox's Bazar Besides, the leaders jointly recommended to the central body to expel him permanently. Ahsan Habib, sub-inspector of Patiya Police Station, said on information they conducted a drive in the area and detained them on suspicion. Later, a total of 1,400 pieces of Yaba pills were recovered from the duo's possession. A case under the Narcotics Control Act was filed accusing Alvi and Shawon in this connection, the police officer added.
Myanmar’s military regime encourages yaba smuggling to Bangladesh
The number of yaba pills ( a contraband drug) smuggled into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar has surged by two and a half times under the current military regime compared to the amount reported during the rule of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. This information was obtained from the meeting minutes of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of home affairs held on Thursday. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told the meeting that despite negotiations on the issue the Myanmar military regime is patronizing the smuggling of yaba pills to Bangladesh. That’s why the smuggling of the illegal drug has increased. Also read: PM Hasina urges Myanmar to ensure dignified return of Rohingyas to their homeland He mentioned that apart from the most-used route of bordering Naf River the contrabands enter Bangladesh through the remote land border areas too. The home minister said that Bandarban and Khagrachari, used as yaba routes, have many inaccessible areas where round-the-clock surveillance is not possible. It takes two days to go from one BOP to another BOP there, he added. He also said that the number of BOP is being increased in all those areas. Chairman of the committee Shamsul Haque Tuku said, yaba started arriving in Bangladesh through the Rohingyas coming from Myanmar. “Then it gradually spread throughout the country,” he said. He expressed his frustration saying that despite declaring a war against drugs, it is not possible to prevent drug trade and consumption. According to the minutes of the meeting, issues relating to committees of mosques, temples and graveyards were discussed in the previous meeting of the parliamentary watchdog. In that meeting, Tuku said the truly religious and good people are staying away from the mosque, temple and cemetery committees. Also read: UK announces new sanctions, legal action in support of Myanmar’s Rohingya community Those involved in drug or anti-social activities are coming to these positions through political influence. As a result, honest people are not able to contribute to the society, he told the meeting. He said, if the committees of all the mosques, temples and cemeteries of the country are formed under the Islamic Foundation, it will bring positive results. The meeting decided to invite the director general of the Islamic Foundation to a meeting of the standing committee to discuss the subject. The meeting also discussed the issue of TikTok extensively. Chairman Tuku said that TikTok is under fire for its negative use that leads to violence, rumours and misinformation. He recommended closing the social media app. According to the director general of the National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTMC) said that young people in Bangladesh spend 80 per cent of their Internet time on TikTok. “This platform is used to spread vindictive misinformation and hate speech. It has more negative uses than positive ones,” he said at a separate event. He also said that a letter has already been sent to BTRC to stop TikTok app with all kinds of data. Meanwhile, the press release of the Parliament Secretariat informed that citizens have been advised to keep vigil against any attempt to disturb communal harmony in the country. The parliamentary body also recommended posting of husband and wife in same area, if they are working in government service. Chairman of the committee Shamsul Haque Tuku chaired the meeting. Committee members Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Md Habibur Rahman, Samshul Alam Dudu, Kujendra Lal Tripura, Noor Mohammad, Sultan Mohammad Mansoor Ahmad and Rumana Ali were present at the meeting.
Six Myanmar nationals detained with 1.7 lakhs Yaba pills in Cox’s Bazar
Members of the Coast Guard (CG) and Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) in a joint drive detained six Myanmar nationals and recovered 1.70 lakh pieces of Yaba pills from the Bay of Bengal adjacent to the Saint Martin Island on Tuesday. The detainees - Kefayet Ullah, 22, Md Sharif, 27, Md Hossain, 38, Rahman, 43, Nur Hossain, 21, another Md Hossain, 27 - are residents of different areas in Akyab district of Myanmar. The news of Yaba recovery was disclosed at a press conference held at the Station Office of Bangladesh Coast Guard Teknaf BCG on Tuesday afternoon. On information a team of the CG and DNC led by Lieutenant Commander of the CG in BCG Teknaf Station Ashiq Ahmed and DNC Assistant Director Md Sirajul Mostafa conducted the drive in the Bay around 3am. Read: Over 4kgs crystal meth, 1.5 lakh Yaba pills seized in Cox’s Bazar The team signaled an engine-run boat heading towards Cox’s Bazar from Myanmar to halt following their suspicious movement. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the drug peddlers turned back towards Myanmar but they were detained with the Yaba pills after a chase. A process is underway to file a case against the detainees in this connection.
2 held with crystal meth, yaba worth Tk5.91 crore in Cox's Bazar
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Friday claimed to have arrested two men from Cox's Bazar's Teknaf on charges of smuggling yaba pills and crystal meth worth around Tk5.91 crore from Myanmar to here. BGB Battalion-2 conducted a drive on the banks of the River Naf River near Hnila BOP of the upazila and detained Riaz Uddin, 20, and Saddam Hossain, 19. Read: Cox's Bazar man held with crystal meth, yaba pills worth Tk5.57 crore Around 1.063 kg of crystal meth and 20,000 yaba pills, a boat, and illegal fishing nets were recovered from the possession of the duo, Lieutenant Colonel Sheikh Khalid Mohammad Iftekhar, commanding officer of BGB Battalion-2, told UNB. The detainees were later handed over to Teknaf Model Police Station, he added.
Rab nabs 4, including cop, with Yaba pills in Ctg
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four people, including a cop, with 5,260 pieces of Yaba at Chattogram medical college area in the port city on Thursday night. The arrestees were identified as Upal Chakma, 45, a constable of special branch of Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP), his accomplices Nantu Dash, 42, Md Kamrul Islam, 30, and Md Gias Uddin, 42. Mokhlesur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner (DC-north) of the CMP, said on Friday that on secret information Rab members conducted a drive in front of a restaurant in the medical college area at around 10:45pm. He said the members of the elite force found the Yaba pills from the possession of the four men. Also Read: One lakh Yaba pills seized in Cox’s Bazar Md Shahidul Islam, Deputy Assistant Director of Rab-7, filed a case related to drug peddling against the four suspects at the local police station, the DC added.
Yaba pills worth Tk 3cr seized in Cox's Bazar
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Friday claimed to have seized some 100,000 Yaba pills worth Tk 3 crore during a drive in Cox’s Bazar. Acting on a tip-off, a BGB team conducted the drive around 3.30am in the Rahmater Bill area of Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Also Read: One lakh Yaba pills seized in Cox’s Bazar Sensing the presence of the border guards, suspected smugglers opened fire. Members of the force retaliated, forcing them to flee leaving the banned drugs behind, the BGB said in a release. A legal process is underway in connection with the seizure, it added.