Two Rohingyas among 4 killed in ‘gunfights’

Staff Correspondent | Published: 11:37, Oct 18,2019 | Updated: 00:18, Oct 19,2019


Four people, including two Rohingyas, were killed in three separate ‘gunfights’ with border guards and police in Cox’s Bazar, Mymensingh and Jaipurhat on Thursday night and early Friday.

Of the four, two Rohingyas killed in Cox’s Bazar were suspected drug peddlers while one each killed in Mymensingh and Jaipurhat were suspected criminals, police said.

With the latest two suspected drug peddlers, the death toll in the on-going nationwide anti-drug drive rose to 465, according to media reports.

New Age correspondent in Cox’s Bazar reported suspected Rohingya drug peddlers – Mohammad Abul Hashem, 25, and Noor Kamal, 19, of Kutupalang Rohingya camp were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with the Border Guard Bangladesh at Lambabil near the river Naf in Teknaf about 11:30pm on Thursday.

Commanding officer 2 BGB Battalion at Teknaf Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Faisal Hasan Khan said acting on a tip off that a group of drug peddlers were entering Bangladesh from Myanmar crossing Naf river by a boat with a big consignment of Yaba tablets, a BGB team raided Lambabil area and asked the drug peddlers to surrender when their boat anchored on the river bank.

`Ignoring BGB’s call, two peddlers began to run and managed to flee but other peddlers opened fire on BGB personnel who also retaliated with gunshots triggering a gunfight’, he said.

After the ‘gunfight’, the BGB personnel found two bullet-hit people on the spot and took them to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex.

Later they were shifted to Cox’s Bazar General Hospital as critical condition where doctors declared them dead.

BGB personal seized one gun, three cartridges, two long sharp weapons and 50,000 Yaba tablets from the spot.

New Age correspondent in Mymensingh reported that Abdul Motaleb, 42, resident of Gafargaon and named in at least seven cases, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with detective police at Rasulpur in Gafargaon around 12:30am on Friday.

Mymensingh Detective Branch officer-in-charge Shah Kamal Akond said they raided the area to nab suspected robbers when they opened fire on police forcing them to retaliate with gunshots that triggered the ‘gunfight’, leaving Motaleb injured. Later, he was taken to local hospital where doctors declared him dead.

Police seized one pipe gun and 20 cartridges from the spot.

In Jaipurhat, crime suspect Aminul Islam alias Cassette, 45, of Piara in Panchbibi was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Bhutgari early Friday, police said.

Tipped off, a team of police raided the area where a kidnappers’ gang gathered and, sensing presence of police, they opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back.

At one stage, Aminul was caught in the line of fire. Later, he was taken to hospital where doctors declared him dead.

Police seized one pistol and seven cartridges from the spot.

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