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6 arrested two months in sust

‘for militancy link’

Sylhet Correspondent

A total of six students of Sust were arrested in the last two months over militancy connection.

Law enforcers arrested two students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) Wednesday for their alleged involvement in militancy.

The arrestees are: Rokonuzzaman Rana, 22, a fourth-year student at petroleum and mining engineering (PME); and Mehedy Hasan Tuhin, 19, a second-year student at industrial production engineering (IPE).

Prof Rashed Taluckder, adviser of students’ welfare at the university, said a team of law enforcers wearing plain clothes arrested the two students after informing the university authorities.

The law enforcers identified themselves as Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members, Prof Taluckder said.

Rana was arrested from Topobon residential area and Tuhin from Surma residential area of Akhalia in the city on last afternoon, said the students’ adviser of Sust.

Earlier, three fourth-year students of the university, Abdul Aziz, Iffat Ahmed Chowdhury Nahid and Sadman Abedin, and one master’s student Jewel Ahmed were arrested.

Police then claimed that Abdul Aziz was a coordinator of militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) at Sust and Jewel Ahmed an active member of Hijb-ut-Tahrir.

The detail of Iffat and Sadman were not revealed, but all four are in custody now.

Man hit, killed by train

An unidentified man was crushed to death under the wheels of a train at Shibbari Joinapur in South Surma upazila on Wednesday night.

Local sources said, the man died on the spot as a Sylhet-bound ‘Paharika Express’ train hit him while he was crossing the rail track at about 8:30pm.

Informed, GRP police recovered the body.

Number of drug addicts rising alarmingly

Number of drug addicts is rising alarmingly in Sylhet city and adjacent areas day by day.
People, especially the young generation and students of different educational institutions including a number of females, have become addicted to different kinds of drug including heroin, phensedyl, yaba, marijuana, etc.
These contraband items are openly sold at different spots and shops of the city and a large number of drug addicts gather at those places regularly to buy the items and involve themselves in drug abuse, said locals.
According to the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) office here, at least 150 drug addicts have taken treatment from different drug rehabilitation centres since the last six months. Some of them are taking treatment at different private hospitals and clinics against high treatment cost, but a huge number of them are remaining untreated since they cannot afford to bear the high cost of the treatment, source added.
As a result, the number of addicts is increasing day by day in the city and adjacent areas. Besides, the addicts are involving in criminal activities like snatching and extortion to collect their drug money.
It is a matter of great concern that the district DNC has no accurate data of the number of drug addicts in the city.
According to a non-government organization “Green Sylhet ” there are more than 5,000 men and women drug addicts in the district including in the city. Meanwhile, most of them, who are mainly poor, want to return to normalcy but are unable to do so for inability to bear the high treatment cost, sources added.
Professor Dr. Zakaria Chowdhury of Physiology Department at SOMCH said that, counselling and proper guidance are necessary to tackle the drug abuse.
“Generally, the young generation become drug addict for failure in love affair or economic crisis. A drug addict can recover within five or six months if he or she is provided proper guidance, counseling and treatment,” he added.
Social or family disputes, rising crimes, health hazards, murders and suicides are the major consequences of drug abuse. To get rid of the situation, law enforcing agencies should take joint steps against drug.
Deputy Director of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) in Sylhet said, there is no record of the number of drug addicts in the city. He assured of taking measures to find out the number in future.
Deputy Commissioner of sylhet Joynal Abedin said, that the present government has pledged to free the society from drug abuse and urged the guardians, parents and other concerned to supplement the government in its endeavour to ensure welfare of the nation and its Citizen.Sylhet-District-Map

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