Two siblings, also suspected drug peddler, were killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of drug peddlers over ‘sharing money of drug peddling’ at Rupbati point under Ukhiya police station in Cox’s Bazar on early Friday, police said.
The deceased were identified as Mostaque Mia, 38, and his elder brother Mokhter Mia, 42, from village Damonkhali at Balokhali in Ukhiya.
With these deaths, the death toll in the ongoing countrywide anti-drug drives has raised to 336 since May 15, 2018.
Ukhiya police station inspector (investigation) Nurul Islam said that two groups of Yaba paddlers got into a ‘gunfight over sharing money at Rupbati, a coastal village near Bay of Bengal beside Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf marine drive road at Ukhiya on Friday at about 3:00am.
On information, he said, a team of police turned up at Rupbati but the peddlers, sensing the presence of law enforcers, fled away and police later found the two persons who were shot and wounded.
He said that they immediately took them to Ukhiya Upazila Health Complex where on-duty doctors declared them dead.
The police officer said that they seized two guns, four cartridges and 9,600 Yaba tablets from the spot.
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