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Minister: BGB instructed to prevent illegal weapons from entering Bangladesh

  • Concerning rise in hundi transactions
  • Concerns about some NGOs
  • Increasing price of commodities
  • Issue of marginalized farmers
Update : 18 Oct 2023, 06:28 PM

Minister for Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Haque has issued an order to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) to ensure the prevention of illegal weapons from entering the country in the lead-up to the elections.

He shared this directive with reporters following a cabinet committee meeting on law and order held in the conference room of the Ministry of Home Affairs at the Secretariat on Wednesday.

The minister said: "There has been a concerning rise in hundi transactions within the country. In response, relevant institutions, including the Bangladesh Bank, have been instructed to take appropriate measures."

He further raised concerns about certain non-governmental organizations (NGOs) within the country, noting that they pose a threat to Bangladesh's sovereignty. "Some NGOs are covertly engaged in preventing the return of Rohingyas to Myanmar and are spreading rumours that returnees will face harm," he added.

He also expressed apprehension about the increasing prices of commodities and stated that although the government had taken measures to control these prices, proper implementation was lacking. The government's agencies tasked with price control have been instructed to enhance their monitoring efforts.

The minister also addressed the issue of marginal farmers, who often do not receive fair prices for their produce due to middlemen taking a significant share. He mentioned that legal actions against hoarders are specified in the law, and the government is working to ensure proper implementation.

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