An investigation into the death of a Dhaka University student has uncovered more information after the arrest of three students from a private university, including lysergic acid di-ethylmide (LSD). Police say that many young people have fallen into the trap of this horrible drug through secret communication online. After raiding several areas of the capital on Saturday night and arresting five more university students, they told police that 15 groups involved in LSD consumption and trade were active in the capital.
Meanwhile, the court granted remand for three days to the three students arrested on Sunday. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Debabrata Biswas issued the remand order after a hearing. Detective Branch (DB) investigating officer Shaman Rupal and Ashab Wadud Turya, a BBA student of North South University, and Adin Ashraf, a student of Independent University, who were arrested on Wednesday, were produced in court on Thursday and remanded for seven days.
Motijheel Division Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Abdul Ahad told a press conference at Paltan Police Station last evening that five students had been arrested on Saturday night. He said the arrested were SM Monowar Akib Annan (20), Saiful Islam alias Saif (20), Nazmus Shakib (20), Nazmul Islam (24) and BM Sirajus Salekin alias Tapu (24). Each of them is a student of different private universities in the capital.
Saif, Annan and Shakib were arrested from in front of the Malibagh Community Center, the police DC said. Three pieces of LSD mixed blotter paper were recovered from Saif, one piece of blotter paper from Annan and one piece of blotter paper from Shakib. According to their information, Nazmul and Tapu were arrested in a raid in Bhatara area. Six blotter papers and marijuana were also recovered from them.
The deputy commissioner further said that the arrested persons had been using and dealing in LSD drugs for a year. LSD drugs were bought online from different countries in Europe and brought to the country through courier and various baggage. There are many more members in the LSD drug use and sales cycle. Attempts are being made to identify and arrest them.
In response to a question, DC Abdul Ahad said, ‘So far we have found fourteen to fifteen LSD drug use and sale groups. The five men arrested on Saturday night were in the business of taking LSD drugs as well. We are trying to identify and arrest other groups.
According to DB police sources, Rupal, who was remanded, used to collect LSD buyers through a group called ‘Your Father’ on Facebook. This group has more than one thousand members. Rupel brought LSD from the Netherlands by transacting money through PayPal, an online money transfer system. Apart from Turya and Adin, he has some associates in this group. The group has sold LSD to many people for almost a year. Many more have used LSD in Dhaka. However, many people who take this drug in a new way do not know about the harm of the drug. They are reported to have adopted LSD as a modern version of cannabis to focus more on work. The level of hallucination (hypnosis) in this drug increases so much that the user feels very powerful. He also remembers many old memories. He can do anything recklessly.
Investigators have found information that Hafizur Rahman, a student of Dhaka University’s Department of Informatics and Library Management, was given LSD by three of his friends on May 15 in the Curzon Hall area of the university. When his reaction started he just got out of there after a shorts. He then hit himself in the neck with a photo kept in a van seller’s van in front of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. He later died at the hospital. When this incident came to light, there was some panic among the LSD users. DB police arrested three people from Dhanmondi and Lalmatia on Wednesday.
When asked, Additional Deputy Commissioner of DB Police (ADC Ramna) Mishu Biswas said, “We have remanded three accused today (yesterday). He will be interrogated and investigated.