Another human trafficking suspect killed in ‘gunfight’

Our Correspondent . Cox’s Bazar

Another human trafficking suspect was killed by the police in a reported ‘gunfight’ in Cox’s Bazar while an anti-human trafficking team of the Coast Guard and the Navy detained 116 Malaysia-bound job seekers from Bay of Bengal near St Martin’s Island on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s incident took to five the number of human trafficking suspects killed in reported ‘gunfights’ in the district in the last five days.
Seven suspected human traffickers were arrested by police in Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong during the same time.
St Martin’s Island Coast Guard station commander Dickson Chowdhury told New Age that an anti-human trafficking joint task force
found a Thai owned abandoned mechanised fishing boat floating in Bangladesh maritime area at least five miles south-west of Sahaporirdip of Teknaf mainland and seven miles east-south from St Martin’s Island. The boat was out of order.
There were 116 people onboard including children and they were going to Malaysia illegally for jobs, he said.
Human trafficking suspect Belal Hossain, 38, of Kawarpara village under Khoroskhool union of Cox’s Bazar was in a ‘gunfight’ at Meherghona village under Cox’s Bazar sadar upazila at about 5:00am, the police claimed.
Police also claimed that they recovered one illegal fire arm and two bullets and two policemen were injured.
Belal faced six criminal cases field with Cox’s Bazar sadar model police station, according to Boktear Uddin Chowdhury, inspector (inquiry) at the police station.
According to Boktear, police were informed that human traffickers assemble with some job seekers at Meherghona, a hilly village at about 4:00am. A police team led by Boktear reached the spot and were attacked by human traffickers. Police were also opened fire in self-defence.
Belel and two policemen were injured and admitted to Cox’s Bazar sadar hospital, where duty doctor declared Belal dead, Boktear said.

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