One killed in ‘gunfight’, another found dead in Cox’s Bazar

Our Correspondent . Cox’s Bazar | Published: 15:06, Jan 19,2020 | Updated: 02:34, Jan 20,2020


A suspected Rohingya drug dealer was killed in a reported gunfight with the Border Guard Bangladesh soldiers at Laldip area at Teknaf upazila, and a man in his thirties was found dead with gunshot wounds at Ramu upazila in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.

Police said the suspected drug dealer is Mohammad Ayas, 25, son of Mohammad Jamal Hossain of Block-B4 of Kutupalong refugee camp at Ukhiya.

With the incident, a total of 63 Rohingyas, including some women, were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcement agencies on various charges, including for drug dealing and human trafficking since January 1, 2019. 

The BGB seized also seized 2.2 lakh Yaba pills, a gun, and some cartridges from the spot.

BGB claimed that, three BGB personnel were also hurt during the gunfight.

BGB Battalion commanding officer Mohammad Faisal Hassan Khan said that they were tipped off about a big Yaba smuggling bid by boat from Myanmar through the river Naff. BGB had information that the Yaba consignment was coming from Myanmar’s Laldip area.

A BGB team took position and stopped the boat around 5:00am.

‘Drug dealers opened fire on the BGB members from the boat that triggered the gunfight,’ he said.

Ayas was shot and BGB members took him to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex from where he was shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead, the BGB commander added.

Later, his dead body was sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue for an autopsy. A case was filed with in this connection.

Local police also said that they found another man dead at a forest near Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf marine drive at Himchari area in Ramu in the morning.

He could not be unidentified, said Ramu police officer-in-charge Abul Khair.

Police sent the body to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.

A separate case was filed with the Ramu police station in this connection.

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