Members of law enforcement seized 158,380 yaba pills, guns and cartridges
Four suspected drug dealers have been killed in separate "gunfights" with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in Cox's Bazar and Comilla, respectively.
Both incidents occurred in the early hours yesterday.
In Cox’s Bazar, three suspected drug traders were killed in a "gunfight" with RAB in Shamlapur’s Paharidhala area under Baharchhara union of Teknaf upazila.
The deceased were identified as Dil Mohammad, 42, Rasedul Islam, 22, and Shahidul Islam, 42.
RAB also recovered 140,000 pieces of yaba pills, four locally made guns, and 21 rounds of cartridges.
Two RAB officials — Constable Md Sohel, 28, and Md Jahangir, 32 — also reportedly sustained minor injuries.
RAB 15 Teknaf Camp In-Charge Lit Mirza Shahed Mahtab said: "Acting on a tip-off, a team conducted a drive at Paharidhala area of Shamlapur. The drug dealers opened fire after seeing the RAB members, triggering the gunfight."
Three injured drug dealers were admitted to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex, where duty doctor Shankar Chandra Debnath declared them dead.
The bodies of the deceased were later sent to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsies.
The trio has been dealing drugs in the area for a while and were accused in three separate cases filed at Teknaf police station, RAB said.
In Comilla, a suspected drug dealer was killed in a "gunfight" with BGB in Mothurapur area of Sadar South upazila.
The deceased, identified as Abul Hashem, 52, was the son of late Minnat Ali hailing from Birahimpur village of the same upazila.
BGB also seized 18,380 yaba pills from Abul's possession.
BGB 10 Commander Lt Col Abu Mohammad Mohiuddin said: “A BGB team was conducting an anti-drug raid in the area when drug dealers opened fire at them, leading to the gunfight.
“One of the drug dealers sustained gunshot wounds at the time.”
Abul was rushed to Comilla Medical College Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. His body was later sent to the morgue for autopsy.