Two Rohingya youths were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with Border Guard Bangladesh members at Garjanbania Chakmapara in Ghumdhum bordering area under Naikhyangchari upazila in Bandarban early Monday.
The deceased, Mohammad Zobair, 28, son of Forkan Mahmud of Kutupalong Rohingya Camp, and Dil Mohammad, 25, son of Hamza Mia of the camp, were suspected drug peddlers, the police said.
Naikhyangchari police station officer-in-charge Md Alamgir, quoting BGB officials, said that a team of BGB-34 conducted a drive in the area and challenged a group of suspected Yaba tablet peddlers at about 4:00am and, at one stage, they opened fire targeting the BGB members, forcing them to retaliate by firing that triggered a ‘gunfight’.
He said that after the suspected peddlers had fled the scene, the BGB members searched the area and found two bullet-hit injured people and seized one lakh Yaba tablets, two guns, two bullets and four empty cartridges from the spot.
The police officer said that the duo was rushed to Bandarban Sadar Hospital where on-duty doctors declared them dead.
On January 22, a suspected Rohingya drug peddler was killed in a gunfight with BGM members along the border at Naikyhanchari in Bandarban.
In 2020, 188 people were killed in alleged gunfights with the law enforcement agencies, according to rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra data.
Of them, 112 were killed in the name of anti-drug drive, the data show.
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