Two more Rohingyas killed in ‘gunfight’

Our Correspondent . Cox’s Bazar | Published: 11:44, Jan 15,2020 | Updated: 00:07, Jan 16,2020


Two more suspected Rohingya drug dealers were killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion personnel at Shamlapur area under Baharchara union on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar on early Wednesday.

The dead are Abul Hasim, a man in his thirties, and Mohammad Ayub, a man in his forties, of Kutupalong refugee camp.

A total of 62 Rohingyas, including some women, have been killed in ‘gunfights’ with law enforcement agencies since January 1, 2019.

RAB personnel confiscated 10,000 Yaba pills, two guns and five cartridges  from the victims.

Two RAB members were also injured, said Teknaf assistant superintendent of police Shah Alam.

He added that the RAB personnel set up a checkpoint on the marine drive road on information that a drug gang would move a consignment in the early hours.

When the drug traders reached the point, the RAB personnel asked them to stop, but the traders opened fire on RAB personnel, who retaliated by firing at about 5:00am, said ASP Shah Alam.

Later, the gang members managed to flee and RAB members found two of traders shot and wounded.

They were immediately taken to a Teknaf hospital but duty doctors declared them dead.

The bodies were later sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.

A case was filed with Teknaf police station.

Earlier on January 6, two Rohingya refugees killed in ‘gunfight’ with Border Guard Bangladesh soldiers at Palongkhali bordering area of Ukhiya. Police said they were involved with drug dealing.

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