Bangladesh to assist Sri Lanka in probe over drug haul

Bangladesh is to assist Sri Lanka in the investigation over the biggest drug haul bust in Sri Lankan history.

Bangladesh’s high commissioner in Sri Lanka M Reaz Hamidullah told Prothom Alo, the Sri Lankan Government has sought Bangladesh’s cooperation regarding investigations into the drug smuggling.

Bangladesh always maintains a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism and drugs, he said. “It would extend all possible cooperation to Sri Lanka to investigate the drug smuggling.”

Two Bangladeshis have been caught in the biggest drug haul ever of Sri Lanka’s recent history. A total of 272 kgs of heroin and 5 kgs of cocaine were found in their possession.

Sri Lanka’s law enforcement agencies nabbed them during a special operation in the Mount Lavinia area.

The two Bangladeshi’s caught in the operation are Mohammed Jamaluddin of Bogura and Rafiul Islam of Joypurhat.

Prior to this, a Bangladeshi woman, Surjamoni, had been arrested in possession of 32 kgs of heroin on 14 December. She had reportedly gone to Colombo from Malaysia in October last year.

A foreign ministry official in Dhaka on Tuesday said that the arrest of three Bangladeshis in possession of 304 kgs of heroin and 5 kgs of cocaine in a matter of one month had created a sensation in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan authorities had hinted that such activities may hamper issuing visas for Bangladeshi nationals. (Colombo Gazette)

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