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Drug trafficking is on the rise: why godfathers stay out of reach

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In 2018, the government launched a special campaign against drugs. Small-scale drug dealers were caught in that campaign but the big fish and godfathers remained out of reach. Allegations of extrajudicial killings and widespread human rights violations emerged during the operation.

In February 2019, some 101 drug dealers listed by the Ministry of Home Affairs surrendered at Teknaf High School grounds. It was expected that this would reduce drug trafficking along the Teknaf-Ukhia border.

But the opposite happened. Recently, after the decision of the trial of those drug smugglers, many questions had arisen in the minds of the people regarding their surrender.

Under the Narcotics Control Act of 2018, where the maximum punishment for drug dealing is death, they have been jailed for one and a half years and fined 20,000 taka each. Of the convicted accused, 83 are absconding. Among the absconding accused are 12 close relatives of Abdur Rehman Badi, former MP of Cox’s Bazar-4 assembly constituency, including 4 brothers.

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