Dhaka – More than 100 people were detained Saturday in an anti-narcotic drive carried out by the Rapid Action Battalion in one of Dhaka’s mostly-densely populated refugee camps.
The battalion members cordoned off the camp popularly known as Geneva camp, where thousands of stranded Pakistanis have been living for decades, in the morning and rounded up the suspected drug dealers.
The camp has been known one of the safe havens for the illegal drug traders.
“Legal actions will be taken after interrogating the suspects. Those who are really involved with the drug trading will be taken into task, and the rest will be released,” said Mufti Mahmud Khan, the spokesman of the battalion.
The battalion members seized huge quantity of drugs of different types from the camp.
This was the first daylight operation that the lawmen conducted after a special drive the security forces began the drug war earlier this month. More than 73 people have been killed in the nationwide raids.
Eleven suspected drug dealers were killed in overnight operations on Friday, according to police statistics. The government has decided to carry out the drive in the wake of surge in trade of methamphetamines also called Yaba tablets and other narcotics.
Yaba has mostly been smuggled into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar.