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5 people killed in 'gunfights' with police, BGB

  • Published at 11:00 am March 1st, 2019
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The incidents occurred Friday morning

Five people, including four suspected drug traders, and a listed criminal, have been killed in alleged gunfights with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and police in separate incidents in Cox's Bazar and Munshiganj. 

In Cox's Bazar, four suspected drug traders were killed in alleged gunfights that occurred in Hoyaikong and Sabrang areas in Teknaf upazila, on early Friday.

Two of the deceased were identified as Nazir Ahmed of Chowdhurypara municipal in Teknaf and Gias Uddin. They were killed during a shootout with police.

The men killed in a gunfight with BGB men are Abdus Sukkur, 48, and his son Md Ilias, 25. 

Teknaf police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Pradip Kumar Das said: “While conducting a drive in Hoyaikong's Nayapara Battali area, a group of yaba traders opened fire on a police team, forcing police to return fire. Two men died on the spot in the ensuing gunfight."

Police also seized 6,000 pieces of yaba pills and two locally made weapons from the spot, he said. 

Meanwhile, Teknaf’s BGB 2 Captain Lt Col Asaduzzaman Chowdhury said: “A gunfight broke out when a team of BGB conducted a drive in Sabrang area to detain yaba traders, and the traders opened fire. Two yaba peddlers were killed in the gunfight.

“BGB men also seized 100,000 yaba pills and one locally made weapon from the spot,” he added. 

"The four bodies have been sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy,” the OC Pradip added.

In Munshiganj, listed criminal Selim Hossain, 42, was killed in an alleged gunfight with police on Dhaleswari River in Fulhar village in Sirajdikhan upazila, Friday morning.

Selim was accused in numerous cases including murder, robbery, and possession of illegal arms. He hailed from Sonakanda village under Keraniganj, Dhaka. 

Additional Police Superintendent (ASP) of Sirajdikhan and Tongibari circle Asaduzzaman said: "Selim was crossing Dhaleswari River with several associates on a trawler, looking for chance at robbery. Acting on a tip-off, a police team went to the river to catch him.

"However, detecting police presence, Selim and his associates opened fire on the police," Asaduzzaman said. "Police were forced to fire back. Selim was injured in the gunfight; his associates fled."

After Selim was brought to the Upazila Health Complex, the duty doctors declared him dead, the ASP said. 

Officer-in-Charge of Sirajdikhan police station Md Farid Uddin said: "Superintendent of police Hasan Akter and Constables Mehedi Hasan and Liakat Ali were injured in the gunfight."

Police also recovered a machete and a gun from the spot.