Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Tuesday said the government would bring every important point of the country's border under a strong surveillance to curb all sorts of crimes including smuggling.
Quoting the minister BSS said all divisional commissioners have already received the government's directive in this regard, adding, "We would also install scanning machines at all 16 landports to curb smuggling and infiltration of all sorts of illegal items into the country."
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the agencies under the home ministry to give more attention to checking smuggling of illegal arms and drugs and consolidating a strong cooperation among the countries of this region on this issue.
According to the Police Headquarters sources, necessary measures have been taken through appointing a Highway Intelligence Wing to curb smuggling and an organization has been given the charge for a feasibility study along with preparing a Detailed Project Proforma (DPP) in this regard.
Besides, the BGB has undertaken an initiative to install a surveillance system at every important point of the border and the system would be launched on availability of the surveillance devices. The Home Minister also said that his ministry had issued letters to the Department of Narcotic Control (DNC), and all concerned, police super and the intelligence agencies to increase surveillance on the courier services to prevent smuggling.
The Post and Telecommunications ministry, Bangladesh Police, the BGB, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the Department of Narcotic Control (DNC), the Bangladesh Coast Guard and all divisional commissioners would implement the anti-smuggling activities, he said. Meanwhile, Bangladesh Police, the RAB, the BGB, the DNC, the Bangladesh Coast Guard and other intelligence agencies are conducting anti-smuggling drives on regular basis.