Dhaka – At least 10 suspected drug traffickers have been killed in gun-battles with security forces in different parts of the country, police said on Tuesday.
With the latest 10, the toll from anti-drug clampdown rose to 32 in less than two weeks time as what the police say they fire bullets to respond to the attacks by the drug dealers.
The lawmen began the nationwide anti-drug campaign on May 12, more than a week after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the law enforcement agencies to continue drive against the abuse of illegal drug in the country.
On Monday night, two each were killed in Nilphamari and Cumilla during the so-called gunfight, which the rights activists have condemned as extrajudicial killing.
One each was died in Dinajpur, Narayanganj, Chuadanga, Netrakona, Brahmanbaria and Chittagong, according to police and Rapid Action Battalion.
The police justified the deaths saying that in every case the drug dealers attacked them while escaping the police raid. In response the police fired their guns and the suspects are killed.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the officers fire their guns in self defence.
“We will spare none involved with drug abuse. The police are marching forward with ‘no tolerance to drugs’,” he told reporters at his office in Dhaka on Tuesday.
The minister described the suspects those are killed in gunfight as top traders of illegal drugs. The police are knocking them after being cent per cent sure that they are drug traders.
He said more than 2,000 drug traders were tired and sentenced different type of jail terms by the mobile courts.
“No Members of Parliament, public servants, police, RAB or journalist whoever are involved with drug trading will not be spared as per the Prime Minister’s directive,” said the Home Minister.