Detective Branch (DB) of police on Wednesday night arrested two prison guards after finding a bottle of Phensedyl and five yaba tablets in their possession in Mahendranagar area of Sadar upazila.
One of them is Tahurul Islam, member of IG prisons’ intelligence branch, while the other is Firoz Kabir, driver of Lalmonirhat district jail superintendent.
The arrestees were handed over to Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station and a case was filed against the two the same night, said Maqbul Hossain, officer-in-charge of DB in Lalmonirhat.
After receiving a tip off, the DB made the arrests in Mahendranagar area as the two were transporting the contraband drugs to Lalmonirhat prison. “We had information that the two jail guards had long been involved in dealing illegal drugs,” he added.
A guard at the prison requesting anonymity said at least three or four guards, including the two arrested, sell drugs to addicted inmates.
A man who recently got out of the prison after serving time in a drug related case said drugs are easily available inside the prison.
Kishor Kumar Nag, superintendent of Lalmonirhat district jail, however refuted the claim, saying that they were investigating whether any prison guards are involved in drugs trade inside the prison.