RAB drive against pirated textbooks
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Rapid Action Battalion on Monday conducted drives against printers of substandard textbooks in Banglabazar, the hub of publishing houses located in the old part of the capital.

The RAB detained two owners of two publishing houses and seized some substandard textbooks from two other publishing houses.

RAB sources said that the drive was conducted after the education ministry asked the deputy commissioners to take all possible measures, including mobile court drives, to stop the marketing of substandard textbooks.

A team of RAB-3, led by Squadron Leader Khaled Shams, raided Banglabazar at around 2:00pm and detained Kashem Chowdhury, owner of Kajal Brothers, and Kawsari Alam, owner of Jupiter Prokashani.

After confirming that the two owners were not engaged in textbook publishing, the team released them after two hours. The team called on most of the owners of the publishing houses and asked them about the syndicate that is behind the printing of substandard textbooks. Most of the bookshop owners, after hearing news of the drive, pulled down their shutters and immediately fled the scene.

Later, the RAB team seized some substandard textbooks from Anik Prokashani and Western Publication but failed to nab anyone in this connection. The drive was carried on till 5:00pm.

The education ministry in December 2007 asked the deputy commissioners to take all possible measures, including mobile court drives, to stop the marketing of notebooks, guidebooks and substandard textbooks. According to experts, such books mislead the students and often give them wrong information.

The notebooks or guidebooks stop students from thinking and thus arrest their analytical and creative faculties.

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