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3 more killed in gunfights

  • Published at 01:08 am January 16th, 2020
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The three deaths from the ‘gunfights’ took place just a day after the Jatiya Sangsad witnessed demands raised by several lawmakers for ‘instant action’ like ‘crossfire’ in the cases of rape accused in the same fashion as its happening in the cases of alleged drug peddlers

Two alleged drug traders and an alleged robber were killed in two separate incidents of ‘gunfights’ with forces of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police in Cox’s Bazar and Faridpur districts on Wednesday. 

The three deaths from the ‘gunfights’ took place just a day after the Jatiya Sangsad witnessed demands raised by several lawmakers for ‘instant action’ like ‘crossfire’ in the cases of rape accused in the same fashion as its happening in the cases of alleged drug peddlers. 

Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) on Wednesday demanded expunging of lawmakers’ deliberations ‘supporting’ the incidents of crossfire. 

Two alleged drug traders were killed in a gunfight with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Shamlapur area in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday.

The deceased were identified as Abdul Hashim and Mohammad Ayub of Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhiya. RAB claimed that both of them were drug traders.  

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Shah Alam, in-charge of Rab-15 CPC-2 Hoaikyang Camp, confirmed the matter. 

Acting on a tip off that a yaba consignment was being smuggled in Shamlapur area along Cox's Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive, a team of RAB conducted a raid there. 

As soon as the RAB members reached the area, the yaba traders opened fire on them, prompting them to fire back in self-defence, triggering a gunfight. 

After the fight, Hashim and Ayub were found lying with bullet injuries and they were rushed to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex, where the on-duty doctor declared them dead, claimed RAB.

Some 10,000 pieces of yaba tablets, two locally made arms, five rounds of cartridges, and six rounds of cartridge shells were recovered from the spot. 

In Faridpur, a man, believed to be the leader of a robber gang, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Barankhola area of Boalmari upazila on Wednesday.

The deceased was identified as Enayet Sheikh, 40, a resident of Bonchaki village in Chotul union of the upazila. 

Police said he was accused in 13 cases filed over incidents of rape, robbery, and possession of drugs.

Aminur Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Boalmari Police Station, said: “Police conducted a drive in the area to foil an attempted robbery. However, as soon as the team reached the area, the robbers opened fire, triggering a gunfight.”

Enayet was found dead after the gunfight, the OC claimed.

Rahman said six policemen, including him, were injured in the gunfight.