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‘Instead of extra-judicial killings, bring drug kingpins to justice’

  • Published at 01:44 pm June 10th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:29 pm June 10th, 2018
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BMP President Ayesha Khatun addressing a press conference at its office in Dhaka on June 10, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Ayesha Khatun also pressed the government to take necessary steps for sealing the drug entry- points of Bangladesh, located mostly along the border regions with neighbouring countries.

Bangladesh Mohila Parishad (BMP) has urged the government to bring the kingpins, who control drug syndicates, under the legal framework and ensure exemplary punishment for them, instead of engaging in extra-judicial killings.

BMP President Ayesha Khatun made the call in a press conference entitled “Ongoing situation and the Statement of Bangladesh Mohila Parishad” at its office in Dhaka on Sunday.

Urging the government to target the machinations behind the illegal drug trade, instead of individuals, she said: “Murder without trial is against the constitution, and it is a violation of human rights.”

Ayesha Khatun also pressed the government to take necessary steps for sealing the drug entry- points of Bangladesh, located mostly along the border regions with neighbouring countries.

During her speech, the BMP president strongly protested the so-called “gunfights” taking place across the country.

During a keynote speech presented at the program, BMP director (Advocacy & Lobby) Jana Goswami said: “According to the data compiled by the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC), a total of 2,544 drug-related cases were resolved last year, however 60% accused of these cases (1,528 people) were acquitted.

“It is the duty of the state organizations concerned to curb drug abuse and crimes related to illegal narcotics. If those organizations fail to carry out their responsibilities, these so called “gunfights” are not the right or the proper way to resolve drug-related crimes.”

A study conducted by Bangladesh Mohila Parishad revealed that 85% of the listed drug addicts are teenagers aged from 15 to 19.

Since the launch of the anti-drug campaign on May 16 this year, thus far, 10,046 suspects have been arrested and 3,619 of them have been sentenced to varying punishments handed down by mobile courts.

On a separate note, the organization urged the government to take necessary measures to further strengthen the local government system and allow it to discharge its duties independently through necessary amendments to the existing law.

The parishad also called upon the Election Commission to make an effort to curb the use of intimidation and ill-gotten wealth during polls, and support the people – including minorities and marginalised women – to exercise their right to vote.