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2 suspected drug traders killed in Cox's Bazar 'gunfight'

  • Published at 01:12 pm December 14th, 2019
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Five police officials were also injured in the incident

Two suspected top drug traders have been killed in reported gunfight with police in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar.

The incident occurred near Rangikhali's Gazipara area in Hnila union of the upazila around 5:30am on Saturday.

The deceased are - Md Amin alias Nur Hafez, 32, of Whykong union, and Mohammad Sohel, 27, of Hnila union.

Five police officials - Sub-Inspector (SI) Kamruzzaman, ASI Mishkat and Sanjib Dutta, Contables Mohiuddin and Sekandar - were also injured in the incident. All of them were provided primary treatment.

Teknaf police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Pradip Kumar Das told Dhaka Tribune that a RAB 7 team detained Nur, Sohel and a Syed Alam alias Kalu, 27, from Rangikhali area of Hnila union with a huge amount of yaba pills and firearms on Friday.

RAB officials handed them to police on the same day and also lodged a case against them under laws concerned.

After primary interrogation, police found they still a stash of yaba pills and weapons hidden at a hill of that area. Therefore, a police team led by SI Mashiur Rahman, also the investigation officer of the case, conducted a drive there taking Nur and Sohel along with them.

As law enforcement reached the hilly area, a gang of drug traders already waiting there opened fire at police, forcing them to strike back in self-defence thus triggering a gunfight, the police official added.

Nur and Sohel were caught in the line of fire, which left them critically injured. They were taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex first and then shifted to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital, where the duty doctors declared them dead.

The OC said: "The bodies have been kept at Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy."

After searching the area, police found 95,000 yaba pills, six locally made firearms, 18 live bullets and 13 bullet shells from the spot.