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Home minister: Draft of new Narcotics Control Act finalized

  • Published at 09:06 pm July 3rd, 2018
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File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal says the draft law proposes making separate courts or tribunals for trying drug-related crimes

The government has finalized the draft of the new Narcotics Control Act, keeping death penalty as the maximum punishment to curb drug abuse and smuggling.

“In the draft law, we have proposed death penalty as the maximum punishment. We have also included ‘yaba’ and ‘shisha’ as drugs in the new draft law,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told BSS on Tuesday.

He said the draft law proposes making separate courts or tribunals for trying drug-related crimes.

The minister said the government can set up separate courts at metropolitan and district levels to finish trials as soon as possible.

Kamal said the total capacity of the country’s jails was only 35,000. But, there were around 80,000 inmates in the jails and 40% of them were drugs-related criminals, he added.

He said: “We are not considering who are the ‘godfathers’ or who are the ‘dons’. Actions are being taken against everyone involved in the drugs business.”

Kamal said the drive against drug would continue and the security in border areas had been increased. Those involved in drug dealings would not be spared, he added.

“We have already set up sensors on Bangladesh-Myanmar borders to prevent drug smuggling,” he said.

In May, the government launched a nationwide anti-narcotics drive that has seen arrests of thousands of suspected drug barons and dealers, apart from deaths of hundreds in alleged gunfights during raids.