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Ending the yaba madness

  • Published at 12:29 pm June 1st, 2018
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Seeds of a future destroyed Photo: MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

The influx of yaba is a clear and present danger to our society

The current nationwide anti-drug drive ordered by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina deserves applause as it is a much needed step to save our current and future generations.

Drug peddlers are nothing but national traitors.

From the cough syrup phensydyl, we have now moved to a pill called yaba.

I am told that these small pills can be found even in remote villages these days, all but jeopardizing our country from achieving its destined prosperous future.

There will be critics of every move the government makes, of course, without assessing the whole situation or what really happened.

Until the first hours of May 28, a total of nearly 100 drug peddlers have been killed in shootouts, but none of the big ones accused of being drug lords have been netted so far. We must not allow any question mark to be raised on this drive. This must be the final nail in the coffin and must continue until we are absolutely sure that the problem has been eradicated.

Yaba -- otherwise known as the madness drug or Nazi speed -- is a combination of a number of stimulants.

The two main substances which make up the drug are caffeine and methamphetamine, otherwise known as crystal meth.

Yaba is a drug in tablet form, and it is most often red in colour. Users who take it most commonly smoke the drug off of tinfoil, though it can be ingested orally or crushed and snorted.

It is also laced with a flavouring, most often vanilla, and gives off this aroma when smoked, according to reports.

Yaba has one too many nicknames to keep up with, but this little red tablet, regardless of its name, was outlawed in Thailand in the early 1970s, but can still be found in the country if you’re enterprising enough.

It is a conspiracy as far as I am concerned, but with the agencies involved in the operation -- especially the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) -- putting in all their might, not only can we catch the drug peddlers involved, but it is only a matter of time before the kingpins and those behind the influx of the drug abroad are caught and punished appropriately.

There is reason to believe that the ones behind the production of yaba are citizens of Myanmar, who have very carefully planned and executed these drug operations to get rid of their already persecuted Muslim minority – the Rohingya.

Shomoy Television recently reported that two Rohingya were arrested in Dhaka during an anti-drug drive, meaning the aliens who once used Bangladeshi passports to go to the Middle East damaging our labour market in that region, are now trying to destroy our youth through their drug dealings.

I have seen 10-year-olds addicted to drugs.

Therefore, the debate over “extra-judicial killings,” which are unacceptable in general times, cannot apply when talking about drugs lords and peddlers, who are seeking to destroy our society.

Our system allows them to get bail as quickly as they make money, and one former RAB officer told me that he never felt guilty after killing a criminal, as he felt that he was saving the country from a man who was nothing less than a traitor.

These drug lords and their cohorts are national traitors, and must be shown no mercy for the sake of our country. 

People in general appear to be happy with the anti-drug operation, but security agencies must be careful not to harass any innocent individual, something which clearly takes away the popular support. The BGB needs to gear up on our borders adjoining India and Myanmar, and ensure that all smuggling holes are well plugged. 

Nadeem Qadir is a UN Dag Hammarskjold Fellow in journalism.