As per clause number 7 of Pathao, if any rider carries any illegal product, the users of the app and Pathao will not be liable for such unlawful activity
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested four persons including a Pathao rider from Uttara, on charges of drug peddling.
RAB also recovered 20,000 yaba pills, eight mobiles phones and a motorbike, during an anti-drug drive on Saturday.
The arrested persons are – Iftekhairul Islam, 25, Oli Ahmed, 24, Mostofa Kamal, 26, and Pathao Rider Rana Ahmed alias Raju, 25.
Confirming the news, RAB-3 Commanding Officer Lt Col Emranul Hasan said: “Drug traders have been using ride sharing app Pathao for drug transportation.
“Earlier, Dhaka’s drug dealers brought yaba pills from Cox’s Bazar. But now, as there is an on-going anti-drug drive in the country, drug traders from Cox’s Bazar are themselves bringing the yaba pills to Dhaka,” he said during a briefing at RAB media centre in Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar on yesterday afternoon.
Lt Col Emranul said they have information about the involvement of several Pathao riders and they are already in communication with the company’s officials in this regard.
When contacted, Pathao’s Marketing Manager Sayeda Nabila Mahbub said: “As Bangladesh's largest ride sharing platform, Pathao Limited has helped to empower thousands of people by facilitating them with a platform to earn a source of income and lead a better life.”
“Pathao works closely with the government and supports the authorities in every possible way. If Pathao finds any of its riders conducting unlawful activities, it takes immediate actions against the rider, including a permanent suspension,” she added.
Nabila further said: “As per clause number 7 of Pathao, if any rider carries any illegal product, the users of the app and Pathao will not be liable for such unlawful activity.
Only the carrier would be responsible and for the unlawful act or acts and the law enforcing agency shall have absolute authority to take legal action against the alleged person.”
During the briefing, Lt Col Emranul also said arrestee Iftekharul, a BSS second year student of Ukhiya University College of Cox's Bazar, encourages local youths and Rohingyas to transport yaba pills from Cox’s Bazar to Dhaka, in exchange of money.
“He [Iftekharul] usually supplies drugs to Uttara and the surrounding areas,” Lt Col Emranul said.
“Oli, another accused from Rajapalang of Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhiya upazila, works as a security guard of an under construction building in Dhaka. He keeps the consignments of yaba.”
On the other hand, the arrested Mostofa Kamal has been working as a medical information officer in a pharmaceutical company.