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Bangladesh - November 15, 2021

Border turns safe route for drug peddling

Hundreds of drug transition routes along the Indian border traced

Golam Mostafa Jibon: Bangladesh has identified hundreds of drug peddling routes along the Indian border. These routes have been chosen by the international traders or suppliers. Bangladesh’s Narcotics Control Department has requested for strict surveillance by providing information on the routes to the Bureau of Indian Narcotics Control.
It is learned that drug hauls are being brought to the country from the Indo-Bangla frontier Cumilla, Cox’s Bazar, Brahmanbaria and Bandarban districts and then the drug traders supply those to several parts of the country including Shariatpur, Noakhali, Lakshmipur and greater Barisal as well as the capital city Dhaka.
Basically, the drug traders choose naval, road and rail routes to send their hauls elsewhere in the country, in which they use women and children to shun the eyes of the law enforcers.
Locals alleged that the traders have been running their business in connivance with some corrupt officials of the law enforcing agencies and local influential political leaders, who have become a great barrier in curbing the trading.
Meanwhile, the border areas of West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram of India with Bangladesh have been identified as safe routes for drug supplying. Bangladesh has also informed the Indian authorities about the types of drugs being supplied to Bangladesh through these routes and the potential suppliers involved. India and Bangladesh have agreed to work together to curb illegal drug dealings, said Abdus Sabur Mandal, Director General of the Narcotics Control Department.
According to the Department of Narcotics Control, heroin, Phensidyl, Yaba, Tapentadol, Buprenorphine Injection and escafe syrup are supplied from the West Bengal border area of India to eight districts of Bangladesh through the bordering routes. Later these drugs spread all over the country.
The vast area of Amudia, Garobarda, Hakimpur, Tarail, Sonadanga, Champatla, Hingalganj, Bakra, Hasnabad and Charakhali border of West Bengal is adjacent to Satkhira district. Heroin and Phensidyl are supplied to different parts of the country from India through Kushkhali, Baikari, Bhadiali, Kaliganj, Sherpur, Chandipur, Bhomra, Kakdanga, Nongla, Shahalpur, Basantapur and Kaikhali border areas of Satkhira. Heroin and Phensidyl were brought to the five borders of Jessore through the seven borders of West Bengal. Those come from a wide area of twenty four Parganas including Champapukur, Bangaon, Petropol, Helencha, Bhabanipur, Ranaghat, Amritbazar and Nanchapota in West Bengal. Drug dealers spread these inside Bangladesh whenever they get a chance. In addition, heroin and Phensidyl come through the Krishnanagar and Nadia borders of India to Kapasdanga, Darshana and Jibonnagar of Chuadanga.
In these areas, drugs are often seized by the BGB. Tapentadol tablets are brought to Rajshahi from the Murshidabad border area of India. Murshidabad’s Rajanagar, Azimpur, Uday Nagar, Sagarpara, Raghunathpur, Jagirpara, Ramchandrapur, Lalgola and Zulji are also main routes. The traders then bring those to Bangladesh through Sonaikandi, Haripur, Kashidanga, Shahanpur, Alaipur, Baga, Muktarpur and Charghat in Rajshahi. These borders are also greater routes for bringing heroin and Phensidyl.
Various types of drugs including Yaba and Phensidyl come to Kiranganj, Bolahat, Kansat, Azmatpur, Chakpara, Kamalpur, Shialmara, Bhatia Beel, Telkupi and Raganathpur in different parts of Chapainawabganj in Bangladesh from Mohabbatpur, Mallik Sultan, Nazirkhali, Gopalnagar, Bajitpur, Sabghat and Nurpur in West Bengal.
Phensidyl, Escaff Syrup and Buprenorphine injections come from Chopra, Tingaon, Chaklaghar, Raiganj, Darjeeling and Radhikapur in North Dinajpur through the border areas of Panchagarh and Thakurgaon. In the Northern part of the country, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Mymensingh and Netrokona districts receive Yaba, escaff syrup, Phensidyl and hemp from Assam and Meghalaya in India. Some shipments of Yaba are brought to Bangladesh by traders through Myanmar, Assam and Meghalaya. Some Yaba is also made in India. Indian drugs are supplied to Bangladesh through Roumari and Phulbari in the Kurigram border area. Besides, Yaba, heroin, Phensidyl, escafe syrup, hemp and Buprenorphine injections come from the border areas of Gitaldaha in Cooch Behar, Ampati in Meghalaya and Assam. Drugs come from North Cooch Behar area of West Bengal to Burirhat, Srirampur, Dahagram border of Lalmonirhat. These are supplied to Bangladesh by taking the opportunity. Drug traders bring hemp, Buprenorphine injections, Phensidyl, Yaba, heroin and handmade liquor through the Haluaghat and Dhobaura borders of Mymensingh.
Phensidyl is supplied through Sonapur, Ramnagar, Hirankhola, Teguna, Bagalpur in West Tripura and Narayanpur and Joynagar in Agartala, Joynagar and Akbarpur in Brahmanbaria from Batla, Kayapania, Anwarpur and Azampur in Akhaura, Haraspur in Vijayanagar.

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