Two suspected Rohingya drug smugglers were found dead about two and a half hours after a ‘gunfight’ with the members of Border Guard Bangladesh on the flood control embankment at Rongikhali point of Hnila union, Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar early Saturday.
The bodies of the Rohingyas, displaced Myanmar nationals, could not be identified.
Police and BGB officials said in the afternoon that they were certain that the deceased were Rohingyas as they had been travelling from Maungdaw of Myanmar and none of the locals knew them. With the latest casualties, the death toll in the ongoing nationwide anti-drug drive has risen to 302 since May 15, 2018.
BGB 2 commanding officer lieutenant colonel Asadud Zaman Chowdhury at Teknaf said that members of BGB who had been patrolling on the flood control embankment of Hnila area saw five people entering Bangladesh from Myanmar who swam across the river Naf and reached the embankment at Rongikhali point at about 3:00am.
The patrolling BGB members challenged them at the nearby Chairman Anwari’s shrimp project area, asking them to stop and produce their identity, instead the Rohingyas began to run and opened fire at the law enforcers, he claimed.
He said that the BGB personnel also opened fired in retaliation, triggering a ‘gunfight’, after which they left the spot.
Around 5:30am, he said, locals and the patrol team saw two bullet-hit bodies lying near the spot where the gunfight had taken place and informed the police.
Teknaf police station sub-inspector Nurul Islam said police, on hearing the news, rushed to the spot, recovered the bodies , and sent them to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue for post-mortem
He said that they found 40,000 Yaba tablets after searching their bodies.
The police officer added that they were trying to identify the deceased.
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