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Jubo League leader murder: 2 accused Rohingyas killed in Cox's Bazar 'gunfight'

  • Published at 01:20 pm August 24th, 2019
Jubo League leader Omar Faruk Collected

Three police officials were also injured in the incident

Two members of the Rohingya community, who were the prime accused in the Juba League leader murder case, have been killed in a reported gunfight with police in Cox's Bazar.

The incident occurred near the Jadimura hill of Teknaf upazila around 4am on Saturday.

The deceased Mohammad Shah, and Abdur Shukkur, 28, were residents of Jadimura Rohingya refugee camp in the upazila.

Police recovered two locally made guns, nine bullets, and 12 bullet casings from the spot.

Three police officials, Sub-Inspector Mansur, 35, Assistant SI Jamal, 30, and Constable Liton, 32, were also injured in the incident.

Office-in-Charge (OC) Pradip Kumar Das, of Teknaf police station, said police received information that those accused in the murder of Omar Faruk were present in the hill area, and subsequently conducted a drive there.

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The criminals opened fire at the police upon sensing their presence, forcing the law enforcement officials to fire back in self-defence. This triggered the gunfight, and Shah and Shukkur were caught in the line of fire, while the others managed to escape. 

Both were taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex, and then shifted to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital, where the duty doctors declared them dead.

The bodies have been kept at the hospital for autopsy, the police official added.

On Thursday, police recovered the bullet-riddled body of the Jubo League leader Omar Faruk, who was allegedly shot by Rohingya miscreants, in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar.

Omar Faruk, 30, was the president of Hnila union's Jubo League ward 9. He was the son of Mohammad Monaf from the same area.

Faruk's brother Amir Hamza said that after hearing of the incident, he, along with other relatives, tried to recover Omar's body, but they were stopped by a group of Rohingya miscreants. 

Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital Morgue for autopsy.

On Friday, hundreds of agitated locals stormed a Rohingya camp and vandalized makeshift houses and NGO offices, protesting the murder of Faruk.

Bangladesh is currently hosting more than 1.1 million Rohingyas, who fled from Myanmar to avoid persecution over the years. Many Rohingyas have been accused of getting involved in criminal activities.

Two attempts to repatriate them – the latest one was on Thursday – were abandoned as none of the Rohingyas could be sent back.