A total of 102 Yaba godfathers, including 10 relatives of former MP Abdur Rahman Bodi, who have been kept at a police safe house, formally surrendered to police on Saturday.
The surrender programme began at Pilot High School ground in Teknaf at 11am in presence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan as the chief guest while Inspector General of Police Dr Javed Patwary as a special guest.
A total 102 Yaba traders surrendered to police and deposited 3.50 lakh Yaba tablets and 30 firearms.
Of them, ten are family members of former Awami League lawmaker and alleged yaba kingpin Abdur Rahman Bodi.
Among the drug dealers who surrendered, 10 are reportedly members of the Teknaf Union Parishad as seen on a partial list compiled by the district police.
Bodi’s wife MP Shahin Akter was present as a guest.
The surrender of more than a hundred yaba dealers is historic, with almost half the members of the narcotics syndicate in Teknaf submitting to the authorities at Teknaf Pilot High School, in the presence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Javed Patwari.
A case will be filed against each drug dealer.
The surrendering drug dealers are expected to turn in the remainder of drugs and any firearms in their possession. There have been reports of yaba dealers using light machine guns to intimidate locals.
The administration has continued to issue public service announcements to encourage other drug dealers to step forward and local residents to witness the historic surrender.
Meanwhile, the yaba traders who surrendered were being kept in a police safe house at the Cox’s Bazar District Police Line until the ceremony.