Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has called on those concerned to leave the drug trade and return to normal life. He said, if they leave the drug business, they will be supported, and if they do not avoid this path, stricter measures will be taken against them.
The Home Minister made this call in his speech as the chief guest at a rally against drugs and terrorism at Bogra Police Lines ground on Tuesday afternoon.
The meeting was organized by the district police Rajshahi Range. DIG Abdul Baten presided over the meeting.
Members of Parliament Sahadara Mannan and Habibur Rahman, District Awami League President Mujibur Rahman Majnu, General Secretary Ragebul Ahsan Ripu, District Superintendent of Police Sudip Kumar Chakraborty and Bogra Press Club President Mahmudul Alam Nayan spoke in the meeting among others.
Narcotics and terrorism are leading our youth to destruction, the Home Minister said, ‘We are not sitting still. All necessary measures are being taken to arrest them and bring them under the law. Today, 165 drug dealers in Bogra have promised not to do this business again on the call of the district police superintendent. If they don’t go down this bad path again, they will all be helped.’ He also said that if he does not withdraw from drugs, he will be in great danger at any time.
The Home Minister also said, ‘There are about 60,000 drug cases in our country. Those who deal in drugs, know very well that it is a very profitable business. So, they risk their lives in this business. But I will invite you to return from this business of death to a safe life’.
He said, ‘Take care of your children. Where are they going, what are they doing, be careful who you associate with. We all love our children and country. It is our duty to keep everyone well’.
In the event, the Home Minister paid Tk 50,000 as financial assistance to the 12 transport workers killed in Corona. At that time, the President and General Secretary of District Bus and Minibus Owners Association, Akhatruzzaman Diek and Aminul Islam were present respectively. Later, the minister distributed 15 sewing machines and 50 autovans among people returning from drug trade.
Earlier, the minister inaugurated the mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the police line. The minister addressed a gathering at the TMSS auditorium in the morning.