Two suspected drug peddlers were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Korermukh of Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar on early Thursday raising the death toll in nationwide anti-drug drive to 302.
The deceased, Abdul Rashid Dailya, 47, of village Kocubonia and Abul Kalam, 35, of village Katabonia of Teknaf were named in the list of suspected Yaba peddlers prepared by the home ministry, said Teknaf police station officer-in-charge Pradip Kumar Das.
The family of one of the victims, however, claimed that the killing was deliberate and premeditated as Abul Kalam was picked up from his home four days before he was found dead.
Pradip Kumar Das said Rashid was named in at least six cases while Kalam in a total of 10 cases, mostly for human trafficking and drug peddling, lodged with his police station.
He said they arrested the duo from their houses on Wednesday and, as per information extracted from them, went to the coast of the Bay of Bengal at Korermook area with them to recover illegal firearms and Yaba pills on Thursday at about 1:15am.
The OC said their gang members opened fire sensing presence of law enforcers and tried to snatch away Rasid and Kalam but cops fired back in self-defence, triggering the ‘gunfight’.
He said that the ‘armed miscreants’ managed to flee from the spot but Rashid and Kalam got shot and became wounded.
He claimed that three cops were also injured during the ‘gunfight’.
Later, all the five injured were taken to Teknaf hospital but duty doctors declared Rasid and Kalam dead on arrival at the hospital.
The OC said that the police recovered five illegal firearms, 22 cartridges and 22,000 Yaba tablets from the spot.
Deceased Kalam’s family members alleged that an assistant sub-inspector of Teknaf police station arrested him from their house on January 6 afternoon and demanded Tk 5,000 for his release but he was not even capable to pay the small amount.
They claimed that many villagers saw him taken away by police on January 6 and that they provided food for Kalam at the police station since then.
‘He was in jail in a case but was released on bail days before the December 30 election,’ one of the family members said.
OC Pradip, however, denied the allegation of the family.
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