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Human trafficker killed in Cox’s Bazar 'gunfight'

  • Published at 03:45 pm February 23rd, 2020
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Abdus Salam was the main accused in the Rohingya trawler capsize case on February 11

A man, accused in several human trafficking cases, has been killed in a reported gunfight with police in Teknaf upazila.

The incident took place in Jummapara of Baharchharaunion under Teknaf upazila early Sunday.

The deceased was Abdus Salam, 30.

He was the main accused in the Rohingya trawler capsize case on February 11, Teknaf model police station OC Pradip Kumar Das confirmed.

According to police, a police team conducted a drive in Noakhaliapara Jummapara area after receiving information that Salam, along with a few of his gang members, were in the area.

Seeing law enforcement arrive, the group of armed terrorists opened fire on police,forcing them to fire back in self defence. This triggered a gunfight.

Salam sustained bullet wounds while the others managed to flee the scene.

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

Police seized one LG (Light Gun), six rounds of bullets, and nine rounds of empty bullet shells from the scene.

Three policemen who were injured in the gunfight were admitted toTeknaf Upazila Health Complex, Dr Zakaria Mahmud of the health complex confirmed. 

Teknaf model police station OC Pradip Kumar Das said: “Salam’s body is in the Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital Morgue. A case will be filed in this connection.”

On February 11, a trawler en route to Malaysia carrying Rohingyas capsized near Saint Martin's Island, where 21 Rohingya died and 73 others were rescued alive.

An anti human trafficking lawsuit was filed against 19 people in this connection.