One killed in ‘gunfight’ with BGB

Our Correspondent . Cox’s Bazar | Published: 00:57, Oct 22,2019 | Updated: 01:01, Oct 22,2019


A Rohingya man in his thirties was killed in a reported gunfight with the Border Guard Bangladesh soldiers at Nayapara, middle of Kangharpara village, near the river Naff at Hinlahh union of Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar on Monday.

BGB claimed that Mohammad Rahim Uddin alias Rafique, son of Abdul Jalil, was a drug trader. 

The BGB personnel recovered a gun, three cartridges, and two billhooks and seized 60,000 Yaba pills. 

Commanding officer of 2 BGB Battalion at Teknaf Mohammad Faisal Hasan Khan, said on a tip off that a group of drug pedlars entered Bangladesh from Myanmar with a locally made wooden boat carrying a big consignment of Yaba pills, a BGB team cordoned off Madinar Jora on cyclone control embankment of Teknaf at about 1:30am and asked the suspects to surrender when they reached on bank of the river.

‘Defying the BGB personnel order, drug dealers ran away and got into the mangrove forest on the bank of the river,’ he said.

Later they opened fire on the soldiers, who retaliated with firing back.

After the gunfight, the BGB men found a man shot and took him to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex.

Later he was shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital as his condition was critical.

Doctors in the hospital, however, declared him dead.

BGB officials said that they would file a case in this regard as the body of Rafique was hand over to the Teknaf police.

The Teknaf police sent the body to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Earlier, a suspected drug peddler was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Moheskhaliapara along Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf marine drive on early Sunday.

With the latest incident, the death toll in the on-going nationwide anti-drug drives rose to 467 since May 2018, according to media reports.

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