Teknaf, Bangladesh: A petrol team of Bangladesh Coast Guard in a drive seized huge contraband Burmese liquor and Yaba worth about Tk 8 million at Nayapar village of Sapran union under Teknaf upazila early yesterday, according to coast guard official.
Acting on a tip-off, coast guard personnel of Teknaf conducted the drive in the River Naf at around 3:30am and seized an engine-run boat. Seeing the coast guard, the smugglers jumping to the Naff River and fled to the bank of Burma side. The coast guards were not able to arrest them because of heavy dew, coast guard sources said.
Searching the boat, the coast guards recovered 2,712 bottles of contraband foreign liquor and 504 cans of foreign beer. They also seized the engine boat worth about Tk 5 million.
As failure of arresting the smugglers, the local people criticized the coast guard personnel. So, they filed a case against the smugglers with Teknaf police station and made a list of seized goods and will hand over all the goods to the concerned office, said Lt Deluwar Hossain, the commander of Teknaf coast guard.
Moreover, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested four women and seized 1.2 kg of heroin and 2500 pieces of Yaba tablets from their possession in Dhaka on December 19, midnight, according to sources.
The arrestees were identified as Shilpi Akter, Parul Begum, Rozina Akter and Marzina Begum.
Local people from Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf said that Bangladesh becomes a depot for Burmese narcotic drugs and liquor. If the flow of drugs and liquor is not stopped in time, the people of Bangladesh will face difficult situation in future.