Department of Narcotics Control in Chandpur cannot operate its activities properly due to manifold problems, including shortage of staff.
According to the office sources, only three officials in the place of 20 staff have to operate the activities.
When the officials is to conduct a drive anywhere against the drug-peddlers, they have to take arm-forces from Chandpur police station.
Md Monzurul Islam, deputy director of the department, said only three officials, including a sub-inspector, had to operate the department.
They have no facilities of transport, firearms and walkie talkies, said Monzurul.
He demanded a different cell for the department in the court like Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.
“There are around 56,000 drug cases with different courts in the country. If there was different cell, the work could be done smoothly,” he added.
Drug peddlers use the several ways of the district as transit route from Dhaka-Comilla border area to southern parts of Bangladesh.
Sources said the department had seized 14kg hemp, 142 yaba tablets, 615 litre rectified spirit, 19 cane bear, 279 bottle-wine and a huge amount of lopage injection this year worth about Tk1.5 lakh. At least 87 criminals were arrested during the drives.
Alongside the narcotic department, the police department also performed a vital role to seize drugs and nab the criminals.
According to superintendent of police office sources, the police in the district seized 330 kg hemp, 770 bottle of phensidyle, 32,616 yaba tablets, 76 lopage injections and 183 cane hunter worth about Tk215 crore.
At least 524 drug-peddlers were arrested during the drives and 416 cases were filed, said police sources.
When contacted, Shamsunnahar, superintendent of police, said she had been in zero tolerance on the question of drug peddling.
She urged everybody to come with a view to saving the children and youths from the clutches of drugs.
“Cabins of launches, intersections of roads, bridges and tea-stalls became the haven of drug-peddlers in the district,” she said.
“We are alert about the drug-peddlers. Nobody can dodge us,” she added.