Two suspected drug peddlers were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with a joint forces team of Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh at Himchari, a beachside tourist area in Cox’s Bazar, early Thursday.
The deceased were Enamul Haque, 26, son of Fazlu Mia, and Farhad Hossain Arif, 32, son of Belal Hossain of Chandpur district, said inspector (investigation) Mizanur Rahman of Ramu police.
With the duo, at least 188 suspected drug peddlers were killed in the anti-drug drive since May 15. Most of them were killed in ‘gunfights’ with police and RAB.
Police began the anti-drug drive since May 18 and RAB on May 4.
New Age correspondent in Cox’s Bazar, quoting Major Iqbal Ahmed, second-in-command of 34 BGB Battalion, Cox’s Bazar, reported that Enamul and Farhad were killed in a ‘gunfight’ around 4:00am on the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive road.
BGB officials said the duo were drug traffickers as arms and yaba pills were seized from their bags.
A BGB team set up a checkpoint at Himchari under Ramu police station on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf marine drive road that night and later a RAB team joined them, they said.
A car from Teknaf on its way to Cox’s Bazar town tried to change its course when it neared the checkpoint, they said.
‘The men in the car opened fire on BGB and RAB members when they chased the vehicle. RAB and BGB retaliated in self-defence leaving the two drug-traders dead on the spot,’ said Iqbal.
Later, firearms, bullets and a bag of contraband yaba pills were recovered from the car. The car was confiscated too, he added.
Meanwhile, RAB in a drive at the Urdu-speaking people’s camp at Mohammadpur in Dhaka, also known as Geneva Camp, arrested 37 suspected drug peddlers and addicts Thursday morning.
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