Around 40 illegal drug factories set up along neighbouring Indian border areas are the key sources of drug supply to Bangladesh, according to an intelligence report.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) have expressed their concern and called upon Indian authorities for closure of such factories.
The BGB authority issued several letters to its counterpart in India to take steps to rein in drug exports to Bangladesh, but no avail, said the report.
The factories, meant only for drug production, are operating illegally in different houses along the Indian border, very close to Bangladeshi territory.
Large amounts of phensedyl enter Bangladesh daily, dodging law enforcers.
Several factories on the frontier were demolished by Indian authorities, paying heed to the concerns of the Bangladesh government. However, many are still functioning.
BGB officials first handed a letter of request to India’s Border Security Forces (BSF) at a signing ceremony between the two sides during a Joint Record of Discussion held in Dhaka.
A similar letter was sent this year, asking either party to take stern action against drug trafficking.
A high official of BGB, on request of anonymity, said they sent such letters several times to BSF, and they responded by closing down merely some of the factories.
He said: “We have recently caught several big drug supplies, which signal that these illegal factories have resumed their operations in the area.”
Reports from the intelligence department indicate these illegal drug factories are functioning in the houses of Kali Shankar Deb in West Tripura, Bijay Ghose in Bishramganj, Golshu of Ilishbazar in Maldah district, Ratan Babu of Bilashgar police station, Abu Shaha and Tapon Dash of Modhupur village, Chand Mia of Agartola mosque intersection, Habul Deb Nath and Babul Deb Nath of Botla village in Khutuali thana, Ansar Ali and Sanjay Gupta of Varampur bus stand of Murshidabad, Ram Ghose of Bini petrol pump, Narayan Sen of East India Bazar in Shirhat thana, Biltu Saha of Maldah railway bridge, Bhurash Mal of Ambazar village, Shudir Mal of Gopalganj in Maldah district, AK Dash of Uthal market, Bollove of West Tripura, Amit Chakrabarty and Ratan Saha of Bishalgar thana, Adhir Mali of south Dinajpur, Dhanoronjon Prokash of Nasima village in Jatrapur thana of West Tripura, Ratu Saha and Bimal Babu of Dhonpur Bazar of Shonamura thana, Malu Mia of Durgapur village, Nitai Chandra Das of Chadpara village in Old Bongar in Chobbish Pargona, and Uday Saha of Lalgora under Roadbazar in Murshidabad.
Jahangir Hossain Matubbor, deputy commissioner of Detective Branch (south) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told the Dhaka Tribune that drug dealers arrested at different times confessed to getting their supply mainly from the Indian frontier.
They used trucks or covered vans to carry drugs and hide them from law enforcers. “But we are alert to containing drug dealings and trying our best to control it,” he said.
Indian authorities took action against the factories after DNC officials sent letters to the Indian Narcotic Department requesting their closure.
When asked about the matter, DNC Director General Mohammad Iqbal said it is hard to say how many illegal factories are operating on the Indian side. “We often exchange information about such incidents.”
Iqbal said: “We recommended the BGB send a letter to BSF every now and then about the drug situation and both should take up concerted efforts to rein in the drug trade.”