Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Dhaka City South protested the government’s fresh rules to issue liquor licenses in the country.
The demonstration led by city secretary Dr Shafiqul Islam Masud was held at the city’s Jatrabari area and paraded different city streets there.
City assistant secretaries advocate Helal Uddin, Delwar Hossain, city working committee members Shamsur Rahman, Abdus Salam, Kamal Hossain and Dr Abdul Mannan, among others, were present at the program.
The Bangladesh government has issued rules on the production, trade, consumption, transportation, import and export of alcohol.
The Security Services Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs issued the Alcohol Control Rules, 2022 under the ‘Drug Control Act, 2018’.
Earlier, alcohol-related matters were regulated by ‘Drug Control Act, 2018’, ‘Narcotics Control (License and Permit Fees) Rules 2014’, ‘Muslim Prohibition Rule 1950’ and ‘Excise Manual (Volume-II)’ and various executive orders. There was ambiguity in many cases. Different complications were also created at different times.
As per the policy, licenses, permits and passes must be obtained for the sale, purchase and transportation of liquor. The authorities would be able to issue licence to sell alcohol in an area – having at least 100 local or foreign liquor permit holders.