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Home minister: MP Bodi is innocent

Update : 03 Sep 2015, 09:05 PM

The home minister yesterday claimed that investigators had not found the involvement of ruling Awami League lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi in any drug smuggling case.

“Investigators found many people involved in illegal yaba smuggling. But they did not find any evidence that he [Bodi] was the ring leader or involved in yaba smuggling.

“Bodi is innocent,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said replying to a query after a conference of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) in the capital’s Tejgaon. Senior officials of the ministry and the DNC were present at the event. Kamal said that someone might have given his name driven by emotion. But it is a matter investigation.

The reporters wanted to know about the drug smuggling allegations raised against the Cox’s Bazar 4 lawmaker and whether his “attacks and threats” on government officials would encourage the drug dealers and discourage the public servants.

The minister said that many allegations had been brought against Bodi. “But justice cannot be ensured out of possibility or impossibility. We have to find proper evidence.”

The controversial lawmaker was sued by the Anti-Corruption Commission last year for gaining wealth beyond the known source of income. He is currently on bail in the case.

Earlier, the DNC and several intelligence agency reports mentioned about Bodi and his brothers’ names for their involvement in yaba smuggling, human trafficking and illegally naturalising Rohingya immigrants, as well as illegal hundi business.

Bodi joined the BNP in 1996. He later joined the Awami League failing to win in parliament elections. He became a member of parliament for the first time in 2008 with the Awami League ticket and then in the January 5 polls last year.

Speaking at the function, the minister said that yaba trading had taken a deadly look in the country. “This evil business can not be controlled even by conducting mobile courts.”

He called upon the DNC officials to collect information objectively and advised them to take police members with them during any operation. 

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