BCG expands Teknaf Station, distributes survival equipments

Published : 05 Dec 2021 09:47 PM

The Teknaf Station administration building, officers 'mess and sailors' quarters have been inaugurated at the Coast Guard's Teknaf Station building, which has been instrumental in curbing drug trafficking, human trafficking, smuggling and illegal entry into the Naf River and seas along the Myanmar border.

Bangladesh Coast Guard Director General Rear Admiral Ashraful Hoq Chowdhury inaugurated the buildings on the banks of Naf River in Keruntali area of Sadar Union of Teknaf Upazila at 11 am on  Sunday.

The important Coastguard station at Teknaf on the border has long had to deal with bureaucratic crises, including housing.  Now it has come to an end with the official inauguration of the  buildings.

Cox's Bazar Zila Parishad Chairman Mostaq Ahmed, East Coast Coast Zone Zonal Commander Captain Kazi Shah Alam, BGB Teknaf 2 Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel, Teknaf UNO Parvez Chowdhury and other senior Coast Guard officials were present as guests at the inauguration ceremony. After inaugurating the newly constructed buildings, Coast Guard Director General Rear Admiral Ashraful Hoq Chowdhury, who was the chief guest at the event, planted three saplings. 

Later, life jackets, buoys, torch-lights, magnetic compasses and radios were distributed among more than half a hundred fishermen.

Since its inception, the Bangladesh Coast Guard has been playing a successful role in conserving marine resources, curbing smuggling in coastal areas, preventing drug infiltration, conserving forest resources, killing jatka and mother hilsa and preventing human trafficking. As part of this success, Bangladesh Coast Guard Station Teknaf conducted various operations from January 2017 to November 2021 with 1,69,43,606 pieces of yaba, 11,949 cans of beer, 1,081 bottles of foreign liquor, 63.6 kg of cannabis, 1 Kg of ice, 3.26 kg of gold, 3 pistols, 12 home-made guns, 18 rounds of ammunition were seized, which is a reflection of the tireless work of the members of 

this force.

According to Coast Guard officials, the Teknaf station at the border has been playing an important role in preventing drug trafficking, human trafficking, smuggling and illegal entry. Due to shortage of manpower, infrastructure and materials, proper monitoring was not possible. Initiatives have been taken to resolve the existing crisis in phases. Officials of Bangladesh Coast Guard said that such projects will help BCG to curb down the crime rate in coastal areas.