Terming the claim of Islamic State (IS) presence in Bangladesh a part of an international conspiracy, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan today categorically said there is no existence of IS group in the country.
He came up with the remarks while speaking at a programme at Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB)-6 head office in Chuadanga to destroy drugs seized during different times.
The minister said some disgruntled elements are trying to be heroes using the name of the organisation.
He, however, said Bangladesh is on high alert after the Sri Lanka bombings.
Asaduzzaman said people will not give shelter to these militants.
He also said the government will be sympathetic to drug traders who will surrender in response to its call, warning that stern action will be taken against those will not turn up.
BGB Director General Major Gen Shafeenul Islam, southwestern region Additional DG Ainul Morshed Khan Pathan, Khulna Sector Commander Deputy DG Arshaduzzaman, Chuadanga-1 MP Solaiman Haque Joarder and Chuandanga-2 MP Hazi Ali Azgar Togor were, among others, present on the occasion.
Various drugs seized by BGB from April 30, 2018 to April 12, 2019 were destroyed at the programme.