PM warns against "yaba smugglers" in Cox's Bazar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today, Saturday, May 6, 2017, inaugurates the country's first longest marine driveway in Inani area under Ukhia upazila. The 80-kilometre marine driveway along the coastal belt stretches from Kalatali to Teknaf. Photo: PID

  • PM inaugurates country's longest marine driveway in Cox's Bazar 
  • She also inaugurates Boeing flight at Cox's Bazar airport
  • Marine drive project completed in 3 phases with Tk 456cr
  • Project started in 1999

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today issued a strong warning against trading of contraband "yaba tablets" in Cox's Bazar saying drug peddlers would be dealt with severely as they also earned a bad name for this southeastern sea resort district.

"Cox's Bazar earned a bad repute as that yaba (tablets) are supplied to across the country from here. Its supply must be stopped and those who are engaged in it must be punished," she told a mammoth public rally here this afternoon.

The premier added: "They (drug peddlers) won't be spared in any way.

Cox's Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive
The 80-kilometre marine drive road from Cox's Bazar to Teknaf expected to bring bright prospect for development of communication and tourism in the picturesque area. Photo: Muhammad Ali Jinnat

Sheikh Hasina also called upon the people of all spheres to save their children from onslaughts of drugs, saying "it destroys family and life of the people (and) when a man takes drugs he loses his potency and thinking ability, get sickened and dies".

"No parent wants their children to step into the path of premature death and be finished in this way. So I would like to urge the people of all strata to save their children from the curse of drugs," she said.

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Bangladesh Awami League Cox's Bazar district unit arranged the rally at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium coinciding with her visit at the country's premier tourist attraction.

The work of the giant project aimed at developing fast communication in the famous tourist zone started in 1999. Photo: Muhammad Ali Jinnat

Sheikh Hasina also reiterated her call to the countrymen to put up a strong resistance against militancy and terrorism. "Militancy and terrorism won't be allowed and these social vices would be clumped down in iron hand," she said.

AL Presidium member and Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, general Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan menon and Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud spoke at the rally, while Cox's Bazar District AL President Advocate Sirajul Mostafa was in the chair.



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