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Home Minister: Govt has zero tolerance to drugs

  • Published at 01:25 am May 20th, 2018
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File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the government was following a zero tolerance policy to control the drug business in the country.

Addressing the National Council of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad on Saturday at Dhakeshwari Temple, the minister said: "The government is following a zero tolerance policy to control drug dealing.”

Replying to queries of journalists about frequent incidents of killing in reported 'gunfights' recently, Asaduzzaman said a magistrate usually investigates such issues and inquiries were underway.

“If anyone is found guilty of extrajudicial killings, he will be brought to justice," he added.

The minister also said that proper action would follow the probing of every occurrence of assault on journalists by police.

The minister said nobody is above the rule of law, not even the police, government officials, or Members of Parliament (MP). If anyone commits an offence, he will receive punishment.

He said investigation is underway regarding the assault on journalists in Dhaka’s Mohakhali, and if the people against whom allegations have been brought in are proved guilty, they will be punished. 

On May 17, private television channel DBC reporter Aditya Arafat was assaulted by police while he was gathering footage of an accident on the Mohakhali flyover. 

Meanwhile, a total of 14 people were killed in different places across the country in 'gunfights' with law enforcers over the last eight days.