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3 killed in separate 'gunfights' in 3 districts

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Law enforcement recovered firearms and bullets from the spots

Three people have been killed in separate reported gunfights in Satkhira, and Chittagong, and Cox's Bazar.

The incidents took place on Sunday.

In Satkhira, a murder-accused named Nova Sardar, 55, was killed in a reported gunfight between two rival gangs.

Police found his bullet-riddled body near the main road of Sultan’s intersection in Bharasimla union of Kaliganj upazila of the district. They also recovered firearms, a few bullets, cleaver and explosives.

Police claimed Nova was a listed criminal who was accused in around 16 cases, including two murder cases.

Kaliganj police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Hasan Hafizur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune: “We went to the spot when locals informed us about the body and identified Nova’s body.  He was from Nolta union of Kaliganj.”

He said, according to police records, Nova was an enlisted criminal, and police had been looking for him for a long time. After preliminary investigations, he further confirmed that Nova was killed in a gunfight with rival gangs.

Kaliganj police station Second Officer Sudhangshu Kumar said: “The body is now at the police station. Procedures are underway for sending it to Satkhira Sadar Hospital for autopsy.”

In Chittagong, an alleged pirate named Bahadur, 42, was killed during a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Chhanua area under Banshkhali upazila.

Mashuqur Rahman, assistant Director (Media) of RAB 7, told the Dhaka Tribune that the pirate was killed during a gunfight with a patrol team of the elite force.

"The pirate was accused in seven cases including murder and robbery with Banshkhali police station," he added.

Two firearms and 23 rounds of bullet were also recovered from the spot.

In Cox's Bazar, a yaba drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with Teknaf BGB in the early hours of Sunday.

The gunfight took place on the marine drive, near Khonkarpara under Teknaf Sadar union. The deceased, Abdullah, hailed from Pallangpara area of Teknaf municipality. 

A locally-made one-shooter gun and 10,000 pieces of yaba were also recovered from the spot.

Confirming the incident, Commander of Teknaf 2 BGB, Lt Col Faisal Hasan Khan said: "Several youths were trading drugs in the Khonkarpara area in the early hours of Sunday. Acting on a tip-off, the BGB team patrolling that area, went to Khonkarpara."

Understanding BGB's presence, the drug traders opened fire on BGB, forcing them to fire back, Faisal said. Abdullah was hit by a bullet and died.

Teknaf police station Sub-Inspector (SI), Sabbir, and police member, Shariful Islam, inspected the spot and recovered Abdullah's body, and later sent it to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. 

A case has been filed over the incident.