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Posh residences of Teknaf drug lords raided, none held

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Members of law-enforcement agencies have raided posh residences of listed drug lords in Teknaf, the place through which most of the illicit narcotics, specially "yaba," find their way into the country.
But their raids failed to yield any result as the suspected drug lords are absconding from homes since beginning of the government's anti-narcotics crackdown.   
A police team led by Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Teknaf Model Police Station Ranjit Kumar Barua conducted the raids in between Thursday night and early hours of Friday.
"We have raided homes of almost all the listed drug dealers and peddlers but failed to nab any of them as they have gone into hiding," the OC told The New Nation.
He said, "We're trying to nab them. No one will be spared."                            
The Ministry of Home Affairs has recently identified 60 top drug dealers and 1,151 drug peddlers. Most of them are from border town Teknaf of Cox's Bazar district.
Cox's Bazar police claim none of the suspects can be arrested as most of the listed drug dealers and peddlers have fled the area and are in hiding.
Afzarul Haque Tutul, additional superintendent of Cox's Bazar police, however, admitted that many of drug traders had crossed over to Myanmar to avoid arrest. Some of the local drug lords are reportedly living in Dhaka.
He said the intensified campaign against illegal drugs by the security agencies has forced drug lords operating in Teknaf to leave their homes and go into hiding.
"We are trying to trace them and they will not be spared," he added.
Security agencies said over 100 suspected drug dealers have been killed and 10,000 more detained since the launch of the nation-wide crackdown on narcotics.
The deaths of alleged drug dealers by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), and the police have invited criticism from the rights groups and foreign diplomats. Terming those deaths as "extrajudicial killings," they urged the Bangladesh government to immediately stop excessive use of force by state actors during anti-narcotics drive.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on May 15 announced the launch of an aggressive war on drugs to smash the surging trade of yaba, a pill combining methamphetamine and caffeine, making its way into Bangladesh trough Teknaf border from Myanmar.

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