Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Saturday said they were considering imposing a temporary ban on fishing in Naf River to curb yaba smuggling from Myanmar.
Speaking at a narcotics destroying programme at the Rab-7 office in Patenga, the home minister said:
“By imposing a temporary ban on fishing in the river, we would like to see if that will curb the smuggling of yaba. The ban will come into effect after the Prime Minister approves the proposal.
“This ban will help the Coast Guard and Border Guard identify the real fishermen from the smugglers.
“We have held a series of meetings with Myanmar in order to stop the smuggling from the country. Myanmar has assured us of full cooperation in this regard.”
Pointing at yaba pills on display before they are destroyed, the minister said: “Look at the sacks full yaba pills. Each of these sacks contain 10,000 of them. A single yaba pill now sells for Tk300. There is no extra cost for transporting the pills. The smugglers make a quick buck since the tablets can easily be shipped from one place to another.”
According to Department of Narcotics Control, yaba, a Thai word for ‘crazy medicine’ is entering the country from Myanmar. The pill is manufactured in some 40 factories along Myanmar border.
With Rab-7 Commanding Officer Lt Col Miftah Uddin Ahmed in the chair, the programme was addressed by State Minister for Land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Rab DG Benazir Ahmed, Chittagong City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, Chittagong Development Authority Chairman Abdus Salam, CMP Commissioner Iqbal Bahar, ruling party lawmaker MA Latif and Director of Department of Narcotics Control Atahar Ali.