The superintendent of police (SP) of Dhaka district yesterday declared recommending the prime minster to rehabilitate members of Savar's Bede (snake charmer) families involved in the illegal drug trade through recruitment into the police force, once they fit the initial eligibilities.
This was one of the “need-based opportunities” Md Habibur Rahman plans on offering for, as he said, the community members controlled a substantial amount of the area's illegal drug trade, and for curbing drug abuse which was the main cause for deterioration of Savar's law and order situation.
The opinions came at a views-exchange meeting with some 100 Bede community members and leaders, the Savar mayor and social activists at Savar Model Police Station on the outskirts of the capital.
The community leaders said some 20 of the nearly 800 families comprising around 20,000 individuals living in Porabari, Kanchonpur, Bokterpur and Amarpur were involved in the illegal trade for losing their livelihoods because of natural calamities and social issues.
The SP also declared recommending garment factory owners to employ the community members, providing education scholarships and building schools.
Mayor Md Refatullah announced providing Tk 10,000 grant for the individuals to start small legitimate businesses.
A committee comprising the local lawmaker, mayor, Bede leaders, journalists, social workers and police officials will be formed to implement the assurances and check on the developments, said the speakers.
Legal action will be taken against those not availing the opportunity, the SP said. Police said at least 22 people were arrested in the last three months in connection with the illegal drug business.