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UP member killed in Teknaf ‘gunfight’

  • Published at 03:31 pm July 2nd, 2019
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The deceased was accused in 12 criminal cases

A union parishad member has been killed in a reported gunfight with police in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.

The incident occurred in Maheshkhaliyapara Ghat area around 4am on Tuesday.

The deceased has been identified as Abdul Hamid, a 45-year-old local union parishad member, who was accused in 12 cases with Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong police stations on charges of human trafficking, robbery and drugs.

Three police members - Sub-Inspector Swapan Chandra Das, ASI Kazi Saifuddin, and Constable Royal Barua, were also injured in the incident. They have been admitted to a local hospital, confirmed police.

The police also recovered four firearms, 16 cartridges and 6,000 yaba pills from the spot. 

Confirming the matter, Teknaf police station Officer-in-Charge Pradip Kumar Das said: “A police patrol team arrested him from Maheshkhaliyapara bazaar. Based on the information he revealed during an interrogation, police raided the local boat terminal in search of a large yaba consignment.”

Realizing that police was present, Hamid’s associates opened fire on police, forcing them to shoot back in self-defence.

The police official said they recovered Hamid’s bullet-riddled body from the spot and took him to Teknaf Health Complex, where the doctors declared him dead.

Hamid was one of the top drug traders mentioned in the list of drug traders formed by the Home Ministry last year.

Three separate cases have been filed with Teknaf police station in this regard. Hamid’s body is being kept at Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy, the OC added.