Two suspected drug peddlers were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Rapid Action Battalion in Panchhari Bazar area of Ramu in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday morning, raising the death toll to 220 during the ongoing anti-drug drives since May 15.
The deceased were identified as Mirza Mohammad Nizam Uddin, 30, and Ratan Rudra, 25, both from Lohagara upazila in Chittagong.
‘The gunfight broke out at a check post at Panchhari Bazar of Cox’s Bazar by RAB-7 while checking vehicles,’ said a text message sent to media by RAB’s legal and media wing.
It said that the two bullet-hit people were rescued and four firearms were seized from the spot while 4.5 lakh Yaba tablets were seized from an oil-tanker.
Ramu Police Station officer-in-charge Mizanur Rahman said a team of police, being informed about a gunfight, rushed to the spot at about 7:00am, took the duo to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where on-duty doctors declared them dead.
The RAB officials said teams of RAB-4 arrested 46 drug addicts from different places of Mirpur, Shah Ali and Darus Salam areas in the capital and a mobile court jailed 34 of them on different terms, realised fine of Tk 48,500 from 11 and sent the remaining teenage boy to Adolescent Development Centre at Tongi in Gazipur.
Besides, Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested 71 suspected drug peddlers and addicts from different places of the capital in 24 hours ending at 6:00am on Tuesday and seized 925 Yaba tablets, 2.23 kilograms of heroin, 2.06 kilograms of hemp, 2 bottles of Phensedyl, 20 bottles of local liquor and 20 ampoules of injectable drugs from their possession, metropolitan police officials said.
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