The incidents happened in Habiganj, Cox’s Bazar and Mymensingh districts
Six men were killed in separate so-called gunfights with law enforcement agencies in three districts around Bangladesh in the early hours of Monday.
In Cox’s Bazar, three suspected drug dealers and smugglers, including two Rohingya refugees, were killed in separate reported gunfights with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Teknaf and Ukhiya upazilas.
The deceased were identified as Nurul Islam, 27, Delwar Hossain, 30, and Md Ayub, 22.
Of them, Nurul and Ayub lived at the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhiya and Delwar was from Teknaf’s Whykong Nayabazar.
Nurul and Delwar was killed in a “gunfight” near the sluice gate No 2 on Naf River in Teknaf around 4am, said BGB 2nd battalion Commander Lt Col Faisal Hasan Khan.
He said: “Acting on a tip-off, a special BGB patrol team took position in that area of the river to catch a group of drug smugglers who were bringing in a large consignment of yaba from Myanmar.
“After they were challenged while crossing the border, the criminals opened fire and forced the BGB men to return fire. The criminals fled the scene after a while, abandoning 20,000 yaba pills, two firearms, two sharp weapons and four bullets at the scene.”
“Two youths with gunshot wounds were also rescued from there and rushed to Teknaf Health Complex. They were then shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, where on duty doctors declared them dead,” he added.
The bodies were sent to the morgue for autopsy later.
Meanwhile, Rohingya youth Ayub was killed in the second incident in Ruppati area at Ukhiya’s Jaliapalong union around 5am Monday, said BGB 34th battalion’s Additional Director Md Anwar Hossain Majumder.
He said a BGB team, during an anti-drug drive, had signalled a Cox’s Bazar-bound motorcycle to stop at Rejukhal joint check post. But the motorcycle riders opened fire at them and tried to flee.
As the BGB members retaliated, the ensuing firelight between them and the criminals lasted for about 10 minutes. The criminals managed to flee on the motorcycles soon after, Anwar said.
Ayub was later found with gunshot injuries and taken to Ukhiya Upazila Health Complex, where doctors declared him dead. The body was later sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy.
A locally-made gun, two bullets and 2,950 yaba pills were also recovered from the scene, the BGB official said.
BGB filed two cases at Teknaf police station over the incidents.
In Habiganj, a suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Deoatoli Kalinagar area, under Shankhola union of Chunarughat upazila in the early hours.
The deceased was identified as Solaiman Mia, 30, of Moulvibazar’s Kulaura upazila.
Chunarughat police OC Md Nazmul Haque said: “Acting on a tip-off, we conducted a drive and in that area. The gunfight started after the robbers’ gang open fired on us.
“Solaiman was left with bullet injuries at the scene, while the rest of the gang members fled.”
He was taken to Habiganj Sadar Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.
OC Nazmul said he and two other policemen also sustained minor injuries during the incident.
In Mymensingh, an alleged drug dealer and a gang rape accused were killed in separate reported gunfights in Sadar and Fulbaria upazilas early Monday, reports UNB.
The deceased were identified as Jony Mia, 26, and Zahirul Islam, 20.
Sadar police OC Shah Kamal Akanda said police conducted a drive in Sadar upazila’s Charpuliamari area, after being tipped-off that a group of drug dealers had gathered there. “The gunfight ensued after the criminals opened fire on us, forcing us to return fire in self-defence.”
Police later rescued Jony with bullet wounds, and took him to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, where duty doctors declared him dead.
Jony was accused in 11 cases, including three on narcotics charges, the OC added.
In Fulbaria upazila’s Kaladaha, police carried out a drive to arrest Zahirul, accused in a gang rape case, which led to the reported gunfight when him and his cohorts opened fire at them.
Soon after, however, Zahirul’s accomplices fled the scene and police found him with gunshot wounds. He was taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.
Zahirul and two others were accused in a case involving the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl on August 3 at Palashtoli village in the upazila.