On Friday, police rescued the body of Akhter Kamal, brother-in-law of Bodi, from Marine Drive in Teknaf upazila of Cox’ Bazar
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Odaidul Qauder has said Abdur Rahman Bodi, an Awami League lawmaker from Cox’s Bazar 4 constituency, will not be spared if he is found guilty of dealing drugs.
“If allegations against Bodi are proven, he will have to face punishment, just like his brother-in-law did. Drug traders will not be spared no matter which political party they are associated with,” he said.
The minister made the remark on Saturday while speaking to reporters after monitoring the repair work on a road in Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.
“Our government maintains a zero-tolerance policy with regard to drugs. Following that policy, police and Rapid Action Battalion have been carried out drives against drug dealers,” said Obaidul, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League.
“Certain quarters may not be happy with the anti-drug drives, but people of the country have expressed their satisfaction over the actions, because they think our young generation is going astray due to substance abuse,” he claimed.
In reply to journalists’ query about the deaths of suspected drug peddlers in “gunfights” with security forces, the minister claimed: “Drug traders fire shots at law enforcers when the latter go to arrest them. Therefore, the law enforcers have to retaliate in self-defence. This is what is called ‘gunfight.”
On Friday, police rescued the body of Akhter Kamal, brother-in-law of Bodi, from Marine Drive in Teknaf upazila of Cox’ Bazar.
Some 1,000 pieces of yaba, a gun and four rounds of bullets were also recovered from the scene.
Kamal, a notorious drug dealer and member of Sabrang union parishad in the upazila, was reported to have died in a gunfight with law enforcers.
In less than two weeks, over 70 suspected drug traders have been killed in anti-narcotics drives by police and RAB across the country.
Their drives followed the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who recently ordered the RAB to continue its drives against drug abuse as this menace is spreading fast in society.
‘We’ve been able to achieve huge successes by conducting drives against extremism and militancy. Now, such drives will have to continue against drug abuse,” she told the 14th founding anniversary of RAB at its headquarters in Dhaka on May 3.