Pharmacies at Mitford in Dhaka and in Chittagong went on
strike on Saturday in protest at the seizure of drugs by the Rapid Action
Battalion from the Popular Medical Hall in Chittagong on Wednesday.
About 2,500 pharmacies at Mitford, the country's largest
wholesale drug market, in Dhaka had been shut for several hours. More than 400
drug wholesalers on Hazari Lane in Chittagong where the Popular Medical Hall is
located also went on strike.
The Rapid Action Battalion in Chittagong seized drugs from
the Popular Medical Hall about 6:00pm Wednesday. The battalion also arrested
three drug sellers from the pharmacy.
Pharmacists rallying against the seizure and the arrest on
Saturday said the battalion had seized drugs worth an estimated Tk 20 lakh.