The drive began in Ganaktuli area around 10:30am on May 27, 2018 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune
Police take position in front of a building in Ganaktuli area on May 27, 2018 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune
Police detain a number of people during the raid on May 27, 2018 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune
Around 100 people including eight women were arrested, police said
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has arrested 97 people including eight women in another anti-drug drive in Hazaribagh, Ganaktuli and Karwan Bazar area in Dhaka.
Separate police teams carried out anti-drug drives throughout Sunday.
Deputy Commissioner of DMP (Ramna zone) Maruf Hossain Sardar told the Dhaka Tribune that the three-and-a-half hour drive started from the Ganaktuli area at 10:30am yesterday and ended at 2pm.
Maruf further said that police detained around 100 people, including five women, and recovered 350 yaba tablets, 1,500 litres of local alcohol, 29 bottles of phensedyl, and 1kg marijuana during the drive.
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“Legal actions will be taken against all the drug dealers and addicts who have been detained after the drive after interrogations are finished,” said Maruf, adding: “We do not want to harass innocent people.”
Additional Deputy Commissioner Md Abdullah Hil Kafi told the Dhaka Tribune that they detained 105 people and after interrogation, released 55 of them.
Lagal action has been taken against another 50 people alleged to be drug dealers, he added.
Several other teams of DMP police conducted anti-drug drives in the capital's Karwan Bazar area.
DMP Additional Commissioner Satyaki Kaviraj Jhulan (Tejgaon zone) said the operation in Karwan Bazar ended at 5pm. “Some 47 people including, four women have been detained because of their alleged ties to the drug trade,” he said.
Law enforcers launched a crackdown on drug traders across Bangladesh on May 4. So far, around 80 suspected drug traders have been killed in "gunfights" in various regions.