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Yaba trader’s name mysteriously dropped from charge sheet in Cox’s Bazar

  • Published at 11:35 am April 18th, 2019
web-suspected yaba trader Fazal Kader
Suspected yaba trader Fazal Kader Dhaka Tribune

fazal Kader has been arrested multiple times before but was let go

A top yaba trader’s name has been mysteriously dropped from a charge sheet in a recently-filed case.

This not the first time yaba trader Fazal Kader has received such an advantage from law enforcement agencies; he has been arrested multiple times before but was let go.

Recently, his name was left off a case. People also have started to question the role of police and other law enforcement agencies; as whenever the matter of Fazal arises, he somehow stays in the favour of law enforcement.

On the other hand, police said Fazal is a listed yaba trader but he was not accused in the case mentioned and because of that, his name was not on the charge sheet.

On September 10 of last year, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) and police—in a joint drive at the Ramu upazila’s Marine Drive road—seized 39,600 yaba pills from a CNG-run autorickshaw. At the time they arrested a man named Ahmed Sharif, 42.

During the interrogation, Ahmed confessed that the yaba pills belonged to Fazal, son of Azizur Rahman of Ukhiya’s Deilpapa village. He also confessed to having transported yaba pills multiple times from Fazal and his wife, to Cox’s Bazar.

Based on Ahmed's confession, RAB official Md Azizul Karim filed a case against Fazal at the Ramu police station.

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The case was given to Sub-Inspector (SI) Kishore of Ramu police station for investigation. SI Kishore, after the investigation, submitted the charge sheet on December 31, 2018 at a Cox’s Bazar court.

However, the charge sheet left out Fazal’s name and accused Ahmed and Fazal’s mother-in-law Amina Khatun.

Locals claim Fazal’s second-in-command Lutfar Rahman cut a deal with police and because of that, Fazal’s name was left out.

When asked, SI Kishore said: “Fazal’s name was not particularly mentioned in the case. The case details mentioned the yaba pills were taken from Fazal’s house which his mother-in-law Amina gave to Ahmed. So, it makes it quite clear that Fazal had no involvement in the matter, and that police did not take any benefit from the accused.”

Ramu police station Officer-in-Charge (OC)  Md Abul Mansur said: “The yaba pills were taken from Fazal’s mother-in-law and for this reason we have added her name to the charge sheet.”

“Also, I am not from Ukhiya, therefore, I do not know whether Fazal is a yaba trader or a robber, it is the responsibility of Ukhiya police to look into the matter,” Abul said.

Cox’s Bazar Additional Superintendent of Police Md Iqbal Hossain said: “This should not happen. I am looking into the matter and will take necessary steps about it.”

When contacted, Ukhiya police station OC (investigation) Nurul Islam Majumder said: “The information we have on Fazal establishes him as a yaba trader. However, there is no case filed against him. Though, we are still trying to find and arrest him.”