The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DPM) in a drive on Monday demolished around 50 shanties in a slum along the rail line in the capital's Tejgaon area.
The shanties, stretching from Khatpatti Market to Tejgaon rail station, were evicted as these were being used for selling narcotics, DMP Assistant Commissioner (Tejgaon Zone) Mahmud Khan told The Business Standard.
The drive was part of the government's anti-drug crackdown. Police also arrested 20 drug dealers in the last five days, he added.
Mahmud said drug consignments were being thrown out to the shanties from moving trains and some people used to collect those and supply to different parts of the city through other dealers.
During primary interrogation of the arrested people, police got the clue of the illegal drug peddling in the shanties and, thereby, conducted the drive today.
He said they will continue their drives and all shanties along the Tejgaon rail line to the Mohakhali rail crossing will be evicted.