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4 killed in 'gunfights' in 2 districts

  • Published at 12:21 pm June 28th, 2019
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Members of law enforcement recovered drugs and weapons from the scenes

Four suspected drug traders—including two siblings and a Rohingya man—have been killed in gunfights in two districts.

The incidents occurred early on Friday.

In Comilla, a suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) along the Bibir Bazaar border area.

The deceased is Prashanta Kumar Das, from Comilla town.

BGB also recovered 4,325 yaba pills and 30 phensedyl bottles from the spot.

BGB 10 Commander Lieutenant Colonel Abu Mohammad Mohiuddin said Prashanta was arrested on Thursday evening for being involved in the drug trade.

He continued, that, based on Prashanta’s confession, BGB knew a consignment of drugs would be dispatched along the border, so BGB conducted a raid in the area at night. Realizing that BGB was present, the drug traders, waiting there, opened fire at the BGB, forcing the BGB team to strike back –injuring Prashanta in the process.

Later, he was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital, where the doctors declared him dead. His body has been kept at the morgue for autopsy, the BGB commander added.

In Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf, two suspected drug traders, also siblings, were killed in a reported gunfight with members of the police near Hnila Girl’s High School.

The deceased were identified as Abdur Rahman, 30 and Abdus Salam, 26—sons of the late Mahmudur Rahman hailing from the same area of the upazila—and had several cases filed against them, including for murder.

Prodip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge (OC) of the Teknaf police station confirmed the matter and said: We went on a drive in the area to seize illegal guns and drugs, when, suddenly, the drug traders opened fire at us. We fired back in self-defense.”

“The siblings were shot and died on their way to the hospital. Their bodies have been sent to the morgue for autopsy,” the OC added. 

Police said after investigating, a case will soon be filed about this; and that they also recovered two firearms, seven rounds of bullets, and sharp weapons from the scene.

In Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhiya, a suspected Rohingya drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with BGB in Rahmater Bill area.

The deceased was identified as Mohammad Nur, 25, son of Nurul Kabir from the Thaingkhali Rohingya camp.

Confirming the matter, Major Ashraf Ullah Rony additional director of BGB said: “The drug traders were caught red-handed while smuggling yaba pills and they started firing at us – triggering the gunfight.

“Nur received a gunshot and died on his way to the hospital, while his associates escaped.”  

The dead body has been sent to Cox’s Bazar Hospital for autopsy and a case has been filed with the Ukhiya police station.

BGB also recovered 15,000 yaba pills, a firearm, and two rounds of bullet shells from the scene.