Law coming to ensure death sentence for patrons of drug traders: PM
UNB: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government is formulating an anti-narcotics law where there will be a provision of death penalty for the patrons of drug traders, drug syndicates and godfathers.
“There’ll be a proposal in the law to award death penalty to the patrons of drug trading, drug-syndicates and god-fathers,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while replying to a tabled question of independent MP M Rustam Ali Fazari in Parliament during the PM’s question-answer session.
In the present law, she said, there is a provision of death penalty as the maximum punishment for drug criminals. But, there is a less scope to take punitive actions against those from whose possessions the drugs are not recovered. “So, the masterminds of this drug business escape easily,” she said.
She mentioned that the government is formulating a law, titled ‘Narcotics Control Act, 2018’, aiming to take strong punitive measures against the patrons of drug trading, drug syndicates and godfathers.
Under this new law, Hasina said, the officials of Narcotics Department will get the power to investigate money-laundering crimes to bring the patrons of drug traders or trading organisations under the purview of this law.
She also said the government has a plan to form a separate court to run the proceedings of crimes under the Narcotics Control Act, 1990. The Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry is looking into the matter.
The Prime Minister said the government always maintains a tough stance against drugs and drugs-related criminals. The law enforcement agencies have taken strong steps against drug smugglers, drug traders, drug addicts and drug smuggling syndicates to put up a strong resistance against the aggression of drugs in society.