Faith and mistrust on anti-drug raids
Nurul Anwar, Former Inspector General of Police : Even if there are no queries regarding the ongoing anti-narcotics drives, there are many, from general people to experts, who have raised questions regarding killing people in ‘crossfire’. Whenever someone is killed, it is claimed that they were caught in the middle of a trade of bullets. When attacked, security forces retaliate. The criminal meets an unfortunate fate by finding themselves in the middle of the two sides’ gunfire. It is then claimed that several weapons and yaba tablets have been recovered from the criminal’s possession. But how can people believe whether this was a genuine incident or a fabrication? If people could achieve anything by asking questions, police too can frame someone by planting evidence. So is this accusation false? Does it have no legitimacy? I’ve said it before we all have concern about the anti-narcotics operation. Without a doubt, this operation is commendable, but it would be terrifying if any group is trying to take advantage of it. There is a chance for innocent people getting harmed in this, a fact which many have raised questions about.
Some laws should be formulated for dealing with the addicts. The suspect or suspects will not get bail until the chargesheet is prepared and a verdict is given. However, it has to be made sure that no innocent is being framed. The court gives bail, which falls under the court’s jurisdiction. No one has the power to interfere into the court’s jurisdiction. But something could be done; during the bail hearing, if the state can properly represent their statement before the court, without compromising secretly, why would the court provide bail?
Based on an interview by Ashiq Rahman, translated by Abrar Hussain