A total of 9,300 pieces of yaba tablets were recovered after the ‘gunfights’
Three people have been killed in separate gunfights with police in Cox’s Bazar and Nayaranganj districts.
In Cox's Bazar, the deceased are suspected arms trader Mahmud Karim, 35, son of Yusuf Ali and suspected drug trader Imraan Prokash alias Putuiya Mistri, son of Azizur Hoque.
Mahmud was killed in a “gunfight” with police in Shapladeba area under Moheshkhali upazila 5:30am on Sunday.
Moheshkhali Officer-in-Charge (OC) Prodeep Kumar said: “Acting on a tip-off, we conducted a drive in the area. Sensing our presence, they opened fire at us.”
In retaliation, police fired back that left Mahmud dead.
The OC said eight firearms and 2,000 pieces of yaba tablets were recovered from the spot.
The body has been sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, he said.
In another incident, suspected top yaba trader Imraan was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Teknaf.
Teknaf police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Ranajit Kumar Barua confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.
Two firearms, bullets and 7,000 pieces of yaba tablets were recovered from the spot.
In Narayanganj, suspected drug trader Ali Noor, 50, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Chilarbag area in Sonargaon upazila.
Police arrested Ali, accused in 25 drug-related cases, and Masud Rana, 24, in a drive conducted in the early hours of Sunday, reports UNB.
Later, taking the arrestees with them, a team of police operated another drive in Chilarbag area around 5:30am.
Sensing police presence in that area, Ali's cohorts opened fire on them, forcing police to fire back. In the ensuing gunfight, Ali was left dead on the spot.
The gang also snatched Masud from police custody.
Police recovered 300 yaba tablets, one shooter gun, four rounds of bullets and one and half kg hemp from the spot.