BGB asks Nasaka to crack down on Yaba factories on border

The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has asked the Burmese border security and immigration force Nasaka to crack down on factories that produce Yaba or methamphetamine tablets on the border in their commander-level flag meeting.

The meeting was held between the 15-member BGB delegations led by Colonel Md Bashirul Islam, the commander of BGB Chittagong Sector, and the 17-member Nasaka delegations led by Colonel Aung Gyi, the commander of Nasaka in western Burmese border, on 31 March in Cox’s Bazar, a southeastern sea resort town in Bangladesh.

Colonel Md Bashirul Islam told the reporters in the press briefing after the meeting that they have demanded their Burmese counterparts immediately crack down on factories  near the border to stop the increasing smuggling of Yaba into their country.

“There are three Yaba factories on the Burmese side very close to Bangladesh. Yaba tablets are now being smuggled from those factories into Bangladesh and have been ruining the lives of Bangladeshi youths”, said Colonel Md Bashirul Islam.

“We have made a strong demand to Nasaka in this meeting to immediately crack down on the factories to stop Yaba smuggling”, he added.

He said that the BGB delegations had handed over to its Burmese counterparts statistics of Yaba seized during the last five months and a list of three Yaba factories on the Burmese side of border in the meeting.

Burmese Nasaka head Colonel Aung Gyi was said to have replied to the BGB that Nasaka would take actions to take down the cross-border Yaba smugglings and would pass on the information to Bangladesh after investigations whether there are yaba factories or not in his territories on the border.

According to the source, the other agendas of the BGB that included preventing illegal immigration of Burmese people, exchange of prisoners from both countries, expansion of border trade and the issue of Burmese troops building-up along the Bangladesh borders were also discussed in the meeting.