The incident occurred at Maheshkhalia para boat terminal in Teknaf around 4am
Three suspected human traffickers were killed in a reported gunfight with police in Teknaf upazila, Cox’s Bazar early Tuesday morning.
The incident occurred at Maheshkhalia para boat terminal in Teknaf around 4am.
The deceased were identified as Qurban Ali, 30, Abdul Kader, 25, and Abdur Rahman, 30. They were reportedly involved in trafficking Rohingya refugees, currently living in the refugee camp in Teknaf, to Malaysia.
Police said they had apprehended 15 Rohingya refugees – men, women and children – trying to sail to Malaysia on a boat earlier in the night.
Based on the information police received from the refugees, a team conducted a raid in Maheshkhalia Para to find the traffickers who sent the Rohingyas away on a boat, Teknaf police station OC Pradip Kumar Das told Dhaka Tribune.
“However, when we arrived at the spot, the traffickers opened fire at us, forcing us to retaliate. Most of them escaped during the gunfire exchange.”
When police went to the spot later, they found the trio lying on the spot, injured. Police sent them to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, where the doctors on duty declared them dead.
Police say three of their officials—Sub-Inspector Sayef, Constable Mong and Constable Md Shukkur—were also injured in the incident. They were taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex for treatment.
Police also found three firearms, 15 cartridges, and 20 cartridge casings from the spot.
A case will be lodged with Teknaf police station in this regard, the OC added.