The incidents have taken place between Wednesday night and the early hours of Thursday
Three people, including a suspected drug dealer, have been shot dead in separate incidents of “gunfight” and turf war in Barisal and Cox’s Bazar.
Both incidents took place between Wednesday night and the early hours of Thursday.
In Barisal, listed drug dealer Malek Fakir, 35, was killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Harinafulia area of Jagua union around 4am, said Kotwali police station OC Nurul Islam.
RAB 8 Additional SP Raisuddin claimed the “gunfight” took place when a RAB team was ambushed by a group of miscreants near Chowpashapol at Harinafulia.
The criminals fled soon after RAB returned fire, leaving an injured Malek behind at the scene.
Malek was rushed to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital, but duty doctors declared him dead on arrival.
Malek was also accused in 15 narcotics cases filed at different police station of the region, Raisuddin said.
RAB also recovered a gun, nine bullets, Tk2,120 cash, and 725 yaba pills from the scene.
In Cox’s Bazar, police recovered the bodies of a woman and a man — who were shot dead — from a remote hilly area in Teknaf around 10:30am Thursday.
The district’s Additional SP Md Iqbal Hossain said the deceased were identified as Ruby Aktar, 40, and Kabir Ahmad, 32 — wife and brother of Abdul Hakim, a listed robber of Rohingya origin.
Police went and recovered the bodies after locals found them in the remote area near Naityang Hill in the morning and notified them, Iqbal said.
“We suspect the murders were a result of a turf war between two groups of robbers,” he added.
The bodies were later sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsies.
The additional SP said Hakim was involved in a long list of crimes, including murder, looting an Ansar camp at Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp, robbery, abduction, drug smuggling and human trafficking.
“There are over 24 cases against him at Teknaf police station. Hakim leads an organised robbery gang out of his base in the remote Naityang Hill area,” he said.
Sources said Hakim and his family fled Myanmar and crossed over to a Rohingya refugee camp in Teknaf at least 20 years ago. Soon after, he got involved in criminal activities. Later, he moved his family and his base of robbery gang to Naityang Hill.