Many law enforcers, mainly working under the jurisdiction of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), are allegedly getting addicted to harmful narcotics, including yaba, heroin and phensidyl.
There is also widespread allegation against a section of law enforcers that they are maintaining close links with many listed drug traders in the capital and elsewhere in the country.
With a view to keeping the law enforcers free from any kind of narcotic addiction, the DMP has come down hard on its members who have failed the dope tests and were found to be involved in drug trading or collaborating with such traders.
As part of the move, suspected drug-addicted policemen are being brought to Rajarbagh Police Line Hospital regularly to carry out dope tests whether they take drugs or not, said Walid Hossain, deputy commissioner (DC-Media).
He said about 250 to 300 suspected law enforcers working under the jurisdiction of the DMP have already been brought under dope test in the last several months. Among them, 80 policemen, including eight sub-inspectors, one sergeant, five assistant sub-inspector (ASI), six nayek and 60 constables, have so far been detected as drug addicts in their dope tests. Of them, a total of 25 policemen have been sacked from the police forces, the DC pointed out. Besides, 68 other departmental cases have been filed in this connection.
Inspector general (IG) of police Benazir Ahmed said if any policeman is found addicted with drug, they would be driven out from the forces. “Cleansing drive is being carried out against the addicted police men. There is no room for the addicted policemen in the forces,” the IGP added.
As per the list prepared by the intelligence branches and their regional chief deputy commissioner (DC), the suspected drug addicted policemen are brought to the police hospital for testing, the DC (media) pointed out. The DC said the intelligence branches are also keeping a close watch on a section of policemen, who are involved in drug business.
As per the intelligence report, the DMP authorities have already started listing the names of the policemen addicted to drugs, putting their names under drug tests. “If they are found addicted to drugs like yaba and heroin after testing, they would face due punishment,” he said.
Recently Arif Hossain Mallick, a sub-inspector of Pallabi Police Station in the capital, has been fired for drug use. According to the list of DMP headquarters, evidence of heroin use has been found against Arif. Sources said Bihari-non-Bengali camps in Pallabi area have turned into drug spots. Therefore, Arif forged a special friendship with drug dealers. At one point, Arif himself became addicted to drugs. He also regularly took money from several drug stores.
Recently, a Dhaka court placed a suspended police sub-inspector and one of his accomplices on a four-day remand in a case filed over possessing 11,600 pieces of yaba. The accused are Atikul Islam, a sub-inspector of Bandarban District Court, and his associate Rezaur Rob.
Issuing a stern warning against drug addicts, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam said, there will be no place for drug addicts in Bangladesh Police. “It could not be possible to control crimes only by ensuring vigilance, rather the criminals must be arrested and brought to book,” he said, speaking at the DMP’s monthly crime review meeting at Rajarbagh Police Auditorium on January 13.
The DMP chief said beat policing activities will have to be expedited as it provides a lot of information that plays an important role in controlling crime in society. Shafiqul said, “We need to be more proactive in drug controlling. The drug would not only be recovered, its roots should be identified”.
Slums should be made drug-free by applying technical methods as well as employing manual sources, he said, adding “You should identify drug addicts and talk to their parents and guardians so that they (addicts) can come back on track”.