ACC initiates probes against over 100 listed drug traders

Published: May 30, 2018 17:54:11 | Updated: May 31, 2018 11:33:01

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) launched probes against over 100 drug traders in line with the lists sent to the commission by the Department of Narcotic Control (DNC).

“We have already started inquiries into assets of over 100 drugs traders as per the lists given by the Department of Narcotic Control,” ACC Deputy Director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee said on Wednesday.

“The commission has already initiated files of 77 allegations against over 100 people,” he said.

Directors of different wings of the national anti-graft agency have been entrusted with coordinating the activities of the inquiries, Pranab said.

The DNC, in the first phase, sent a list of 465 alleged drug traders in January last year to initiate inquiries into their assets and in the second phase, it forwarded a list of 141 suspected drug dealers to the Commission in January this year, reports BSS.

The DNC has sent the second list of 141 drug dealers to the Commission upon an allegation that the temporary addresses of drug dealers mentioned in the list were not found as they used to change their addresses to avoid arrest, officials said.

The second list has been prepared with the permanent addresses of the drug dealers.

Replying to a query about the DNC’s move in capturing the listed drug traders, DNC additional director (intelligence) Md Nazrul Islam Sikder said: “We have already widened our intelligence surveillance across the country to collect advance information about their movements. We are also conducting drives based on the information.”

“We are currently working as per the directives of the Home Ministry and the core committee, to prevent the drug trading,” he said.

Earlier, Nazrul said, the government formed a core committee involving representatives from all the intelligence agencies, police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Ansar, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Coast Guard and the DNC to monitor the overall activities of different law enforcement agencies against the abuse of drugs.

Director General (DG) of DNC Mohammod Jamal Uddin Ahmed is the convener of the core committee.

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