Adolescence lost in the trap of drugs, Ahsania Mission joins in the struggle to return to life



Al-Amin Raju, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Saiful Islam (pseudonym) of Lalbagh area of Old Dhaka in the capital. Saiful Islam, the only child of parents, has just left adolescence and entered youth. During this time, study and enjoy life with friends. But Saiful is not in a normal life like the other ten boys. Instead, lost in the darkness of drugs at the hands of an unknown rickshaw puller, he spends his time in a drug treatment center, fighting to return to normal life.

Saiful became friends with an unknown rickshaw puller on the street while studying in class VII. The man disguised as a rickshaw puller was a drug dealer. On his persuasion, schoolboy Saiful got involved in taking drugs and at one point selling drugs. From ganja-yaba to cocaine, the country's unconventional drug, he became addicted. As a result, he had to drop out of studies in the grip of drugs. Even though the family was admitted to a drug treatment center to recover, they ran away from the drug treatment center several times. After several drug treatment centers, Saiful is now at the Drug Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Center run by the Ahsania Mission in Gazipur.

On May 9, Saiful talked to this reporter at Ahsania Mission's drug rehabilitation center in Gazipur. According to him, father is a plastic trader. He used to study in a school in Lalbagh area. But Saiful fell into a storm after seventh grade due to drugs. He then spent his life in drug addiction and treatment centers.

Saiful told Barta24.com about getting involved in drug addiction; I used to study in a school in Lalbagh. My test results were always good. I used to smoke with my friends since primary school. Suddenly one day on the way home from school a rickshaw driver called. As he approached, he developed friendship in various ways. Then he offered me to consume ganja. My head spun with one pull. I vomited a lot on the road that day. Later that rickshaw puller took me home. Then I would go to that rickshaw puller myself. I used to take money from home and use ganja regularly.

But suddenly one day when I wanted drugs because I didn't have money, the rickshaw driver offered to sell me drugs. Then I used to sell the rickshaw driver's yaba to raise money. Thus slowly I started consuming yaba. I started stealing at home to get drug money. If I don't get money, I start stealing things. Realizing this, my family conducted a dope test. After getting evidence of drug addiction, he was admitted to a drug treatment center run by a government institution in the Tejgaon area. Even after 28 days in two treatment centers, I could not come back from drugs.

He was admitted to a rehab center to recover from yaba and marijuana use. Referring to drugs like heroin and cocaine instead of getting well, Saiful also said that during treatment at the drug treatment center in Tejgaon, he met a girl who was admitted to the women's wing of the center. I started using heroin after meeting that girl from Mohammadpur area. Through that girl we used to consume with the money we got from selling heroin with her. Then that girl made me use cocaine. The price of one gram of cocaine is Tk. five thousand. I used to steal money from home and use cocaine. I even sold my mother's washing machine without getting money. Later the family was admitted to a healing center in the Rayerbazar area. From there I beat the people of the center and ran away.

Saiful could not get well even after receiving treatment four times in three institutions. Even while seeking treatment at two drug treatment centers, he along with other inmates beat up the staff of the treatment centers and escaped.

For the last few months, Saiful has been receiving treatment to get back on the path of life without drugs at the Gazipur center run by Ahsania Mission. Now his mistake broke. Saiful, lost in the darkness at the beginning of his life, wants to return to normal life with treatment. This 18-year-old young man wants to fulfill his parents' dreams by studying again.

It is reported that Ahsania Mission is running treatment centers to free women and men from drugs in three districts of the country, including the capital. In 2004, Gazipur district Ghazaria para area provided drug addiction treatment services in a natural and beautiful environment. There are healing centers in Jashore in 2014, Munshiganj in 2021 and Shyamoli area of the capital. These healing centers have become beacons of light to many lives destroyed by drugs.

Talking to the concerned people, it is known that 2789 people have taken services in drug treatment centers run by Ahsania Mission since 2004. Among 2789 people receiving treatment, 2142 people have drug addiction problems and 647 people have mental problems. Out of which the recovery rate so far is about 75 percent.

Iqbal Masud, Director of Dhaka Ahsania Mission Health and Wash Sector, said, we serve three types of patients. Such as drug addiction, behavioral and emotional problems. Services are provided under a course of 6 months. Those who have undergone full treatment can get 12 days of free accommodation, food and counseling services if there is any problem later.

He also said that medical services are provided in modern and scientific ways from this center in Gazipur. Treatment takes place in several stages. My centers provide general health care through specialist doctors, regular check-ups, necessary medical care and examination of patients for long-term diseases. Also regular counseling is done through a specialist psychiatrist. 

   

RAB to investigate death of woman in Kishoreganj: Spokesperson



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After the arrest of a woman in a case in Bhairab of Kishoreganj, an investigation will be conducted into the death in RAB custody, said Commander Arafat Islam, Director of Law and Media Wing of RAB.

He said RAB will go through legal process. Besides, the actual cause of death will be known through medical examination.

Commander Arafat said this in response to a question from journalists at a press conference held at RAB's media center in the capital's Karwan Bazar on Saturday (May 18) evening.

When asked about the complaint of detention of the woman who died in RAB custody from the police station, he said that a case was filed under the Women and Child Repression Prevention Act in Mymensingh on May 13. As a result, two accused in the case were arrested. After arrest, she was taken to a camp to be brought under the law. If a person feels ill there, they are taken to the local health complex. There the doctor declared her dead.

It is known that about a year and a half ago, Azizul Islam's son Taijul Islam got married to Hasim Uddin's daughter Rekha of Bheramari village in Bhairab. After the marriage, there was a family dispute between them. Rekha died on April 26. It is alleged that he died due to torture by his in-laws. On May 2, Rekha's mother filed a case against Azizul Islam along with her son and wife in Mymensingh's Women and Child Repression Prevention Special Tribunal. After hearing the case, the judge directed Sub- Inspector Nazmul Islam of Nandail Police Station to register the case and investigate. Then the case was registered in Nandaile police station on May 13.

Bhairab RAB camp members went to Nandaile police station around 9 pm on Thursday and summoned Suraiya Khatun, Azizul Islam and Taijul Islam through the police. After that Azizul Islam was released and the other two were arrested and brought to Bhairav camp late at night. RAB members took Suraiya dead to Bhairab Upazila Health Complex on Friday morning.

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Female under trial prisoner died in Kashimpur Central Jail



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A female inmate of Kashimpur Women's Central Jail in Gazipur died while undergoing treatment. The deceased is Amina Begum (40), daughter of Rumel Hossain of Matukpur village of Domar police station in Nilphamari. Her Jail No. 394/24.

She died on Saturday (May 18) around 2.30 pm while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

According to prison sources, Amina Begum, a prisoner in the women's prison, suddenly had chest pain. Later she was immediately sent to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital in Gazipur from the jail. When she was taken to the hospital, the doctor on duty declared her dead around 2.30 pm after the examination.

Jail Superintendent Shahjahan Mia of Kashimpur Women's Central Jail said that Amina was sent to the hospital when she developed chest pain. After being taken to the hospital, doctors declared her dead. Her family has been informed. The body will be handed over to the family as per jail rules

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7 people died in three districts due to lightning



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Seven people died due to lightning in three districts. Four people died in Narsingdi, two in Tangail and one in Gazipur due to rain and lightning from morning to noon on Saturday (May 18). The news were sent by the district correspondents of Barta24.Com...

Narsingdi

Four people, including a mother and son, died in a separate incident of lightning in Narsingdi.

This incident took place in the Char area of Alokbali Uttarpara and Hajipur suburb of Sadar Upazila around 10 am on Saturday (April 18).

The deceased are Sharifa Begum (50), wife of Kamal Mia of Alokbali Uttarpara, her son Iqbal Hossain (12) and Qayyum Mia (22), son of Karam Ali. A person named Kamal Mia was seriously injured in this incident. All of them are residents of Alokbali Uttarpara.

Besides, a person named Moslehuddin (50) died in Chakpara of Hajipur Union of Sadar Upazila.

Gazipur

A housewife named Fatema Akhter (45) died due to lightning while she was drying paddy in Gazipur's Sreepur.

The incident took place on Saturday (May 18) around 11 am in the Galdapara area of Kawraid Union of the upazila. The deceased housewife is the wife of Md. Noor Hossain, a resident of that area.

Tangail

Two brothers were killed by lightning while cutting paddy in Tangail's Kalihati.

The incident took place on Saturday (18 May) at around 9 am in Nowabari village of Bir Bashayan Union of the upazila.

The deceased are Afzal Hossain and Amir Hossain. They are residents of Chakradharpur village of Pirganj upazila of Dinajpur district. The deceased was his cousin.

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No registered Hajj pilgrim will miss Hajj



Mufti Anayetullah, Assistant Editor, Barta24.com
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Director of Bangladesh Hajj Office Muhammad Kamruzzaman is hopeful that no registered pilgrim will be deprived of Hajj.

Hajj pilgrims without visas are in a state of uncertainty. However, Director of Bangladesh Hajj Office Muhammad Kamruzzaman told Barta24.com, "I am hopeful that everyone registered in the current Hajj season will get a visa." A few agencies are having complications with Hajj pilgrims, half of which have already been resolved. The rest of the work is in the process of being solved.

The Holy Hajj can be performed on June 16 subject to sighting of the moon in the month of Zilhaj. The Hajj flight which started from Bangladesh on May 9 will end on June 10. During this period, 85 thousand 117 people will go to Saudi Arabia for Hajj with guides under government and private management. So far 28 thousand 4 pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia. 82 thousand 100 visas have been issued. Still 3 thousand 336 people registered privately have not got their visas.

It is reported that Worldlink Tours and Travels (license 570, number of passengers 286), Ansari Overseas (license 601, number of passengers 260), Al Risan Travel Agency (license 672, number of passengers 444), Miqat Tour and Travels (License 1025, number of passengers 375), North Bengal Hajj Travels and Tours (License 1086, number of passengers 260), Holy Darun Najat Haj Overseas (license 1462, number of passengers 250) was mourned by the Ministry of Religious Affairs. 1 thousand 875 people are expected to go for Hajj this year through these agencies.

And Al Risan Travels Agency's registered Hajj pilgrims have not been issued a visa on Thursday (May 16), Ministry of Religious Affairs has written to the Home Ministry to bar the agency's managing director Md. Abdus Salam Mia going outside the country and legal action will be taken against him.

M Shahadat Hossain Taslim, president of Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB), an organization of Hajj agency owners, told Barta24.com, "We sat down with the owners of the accused agencies, including Al Risan Travels Agency, and discussed the problem point by point and tried to solve it." Already the visa process for Haj pilgrims of Holi Darun Najat Haj Overseas, Worldlink Tours and Travels and Miqat Tours and Travels has started. It will happen to others. He also expressed hope that no registered pilgrim would be deprived of performing Hajj.

When asked the reason for being so optimistic, the HAAb President said that the agencies have sent the amount of money needed to be sent to Saudi Arabia for Hajj management. And as many problems as there are, hopefully they can be solved.

If you want to know about this, the managing director of Al Risan Travels Agency Limited Abdus Salam Miah told Barta24.com, "I have not sent anyone for Hajj this time. Mufti Lutfar Rahman Farooqui of Akbar Hajj Group is sending 448 Hajj pilgrims using my license due to problems with his license. Mufti Lutfar Rahman spoke on the phone from Saudi in a meeting with the HAAb President about the current problem, he assured; Nowadays 20 to 30 people will get visas. And by tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, everyone's visa will be done. He has rented a house in Madinah, a house in Makkah is also about to be rented.

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