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2 killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfights’

  • Published at 10:54 am October 20th, 2019
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Police recovered firearms, bullets and yaba pills from the spots

Two suspected drug peddlers have been killed in reported gunfights in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar district.

In Marine Drive, an accused in a drug case was killed in a reported gunfight with police.

The incident occurred at Maheshkhalia para boat terminal area around 4am on Sunday.

The deceased is Md Aziz, 24, son of Saleh Ahmed of Delpara village under Teknaf sadar union.

Three police officials -- Sub-Inspectors (SI) Kamruzzaman and Mishkat, and Constable Rumen -- were also injured during the alleged gunfight.

Police recovered one light gun, seven rounds of bullets and 3,000 pieces of yaba pills from the scene.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Teknaf model police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Pradeep Kumar Das said: “Acting on a tip-off by Aziz, a team of police, along with the arrestee, conducted a raid.

"Seeing the law enforcement arrive, some of Aziz’s associates opened fire at us and tried to snatch him away. In retaliation, we also had to open fire. Aziz sustained bullet wounds while the others managed to flee the scene.”

He was taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex in critical condition and later transferred to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, where the on-duty doctors declared him dead. Later, the body was sent to the hospital morgue for autopsy.

A case was filed with Teknaf police station in this connection.

In Howaikong, a suspected drug peddler was killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB).

The incident occurred near Unchiprang refugee camp under Howaikong union.

The deceased is Rahim Uddin of Teknaf upazila.

BGB Teknaf 2 Commanding Officer Lt Col Mohammad Faisal Hasan Khan confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

He said: “Acting on a tip-off that a fresh batch of yaba pills is being smuggled, a special team of BGB stopped a boat in Madinar Jora area.

“Seeing law enforcement, the miscreants opened fire on BGB, prompting them to fire back. This triggered a gunfight.”

Rahim was injured in the “gunfight”, while the others managed to flee the scene.

He was taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex in critical condition, and later transferred to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, where the on-duty doctor declared him dead.

BGB also recovered a locally-made firearm, three rounds of bullets, two sharp weapons and 60,000 pieces of yaba pills from the scene.

A case has been filed with Teknaf police station regarding the matter.