Rohingya youth killed in Bandarban ‘gunfight’

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:39, Jan 22,2021


A suspected Rohingya drug peddler was killed in a reported incident of gunfight with the Border Guard Bangladesh along the border at Naikhyangchari in Bandarban early Friday.

The deceased was M Abdur Rahim, 25, of Kutupalang Rohingya Camp at Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar.

According to a press release issued by 34 border guard battalion commander Ali Haider Azad Ahmed, the alleged gunfight took place along the border at Ghumdhum in Naikhyangchari upazila at about 3:45am.

The release said that on information that a group of smugglers would bring a consignment of Yaba pills in Bangladesh from Myanmar, a team of Baishfari BGB border outpost took position along the border early Friday.

The release said that at about 3:45am, the BGB team saw a group of eight or 10 suspected drug smugglers to enter Bangladesh and the group challenged them.

It claimed that the group, dividing into two, immediately began firing at the BGB members, prompting them to retaliate by firing.

It said that the suspected smugglers, at one stage, fled inside Myanmar and later, the BGB members found bullet-hit Rahim in a critical condition, 50,000 Yaba pills, a gun and four bullets there.

The release said that they took injured Rahim to Ukhiya Upazila Health Complex where on-duty doctors declared him dead. In 2020, a total of 188 people were killed in alleged gunfights with law enforcement agencies, according to rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra data.

And 112 of them were killed in the name of anti-drug drive, the data shows.

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