Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General Benazir Ahmed has announced that the Sundarbans will be free of robbers and pirates by October this year.
“If the rest of the robbers do not surrender by that time, they will face tough action,” he said while addressing a program, held to distribute financial grants, aids and Eid gifts among the family members of robbers and pirates who have surrendered so far, at the RAB 8 headquarters in Barisal on Tuesday.
“Sundarbaner Hasi,” a rehabilitation project for the surrendered robbers, was also inaugurated during the program.
Benazir said 243 families of the robbers who surrendered to RAB 8 in the past two years would be rehabilitated through this project.
The government would provide them with financial and legal assistances, technical supports, employment opportunity and others facilities they would need for rehabilitation, he added.
Sewing machines were distributed among 20 families, financial assistance to four families for education and Eid gifts to all the robbers who have so far surrendered to RAB were distributed at Tuesday’s program.
He said RAB 8 recovered 379 firearms and 18,804 rounds of ammunitions and arrested 243 pirates of 23 gangs from the Sundarbans in the past two years.
About the government’s ongoing war on drugs, the RAB chief alleged that a vested quarter was trying to foil the countrywide anti-narcotic drives.
“However, no conspiracy will be successful,” he said, adding that RAB members were working to eliminate the demand and supply of drugs.