Rohingya woman among 3 killed in ‘shootouts’ in Cox's Bazar
Three people have been killed in so-called shootouts with the police and Border Guard Bangladesh, or BGB, troopers in two separate anti-narcotics drives in Cox's Bazar's Teknaf Upazila.
Two of the dead were arrested by the police over drug-related cases and had accompanied law enforcers to the raid.
The other was a Rohingya woman who was shot in a crossfire while peddling drugs, the BGB said.
The two incidents occurred between 1:30am and 4am Sunday, said the police and BGB officials. Drugs and arms were recovered in each of the two drives, they added. Teknaf Police OC Pradip Kumar Das said that the gunfight between police and drug smugglers occurred in the Moulvibazar area of Teknaf's Hnila Union.
The deceased in the incident have been identified as the 28-year-old Mahmudur Rahman and the 25-year-old Mohammed Afsar.
Both of them were 'listed drug smugglers' and fugitives named in at least four cases, including murder and drug peddling, the police said.
Mahmudur and Afsar were arrested by the police on Saturday night, said OC Pradip. Based on the information they providing during interrogation, police conducted a raid in Hnila Union's Moulvibazar area with the suspects in tow.
The drug smugglers opened fire when the police arrived at the scene. The police retaliated, causing the smugglers to retreat. Mahmud and Afsar was later found at the scene with gunshot wounds."
The suspects were rushed to the Teknaf Upazila Health Complex, where doctors on duty declared them both dead. "Police brought two people with gunshots wounds to the hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning. They died on the way to the hospital," said Shahin Md Abdur Rahman Chowdhury, the resident medical officer of Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital.
Police recovered 10,000 yaba tablets, six guns and 18 rounds of bullets from the scene. Three policemen were also injured in the gunfight and received treatment at the Teknaf Upazila Health Complex, said OC Pradip.
The other so-called shootout occurred near a canal adjacent to the Naf River in Hnila Union's Damdamia area.
A 20-year-old Rohingya woman named Rumana Akhter was killed in the incident. She was the wife of Badrul Islam, a resident at the unregistered Leda Rohingya Camp in Teknaf.
A boat coming from Myanmar with a group of Rohingyas was about to enter Bangladesh when it was signalled to stop by a BGB patrol team, said Major Shariful Islam Jomadar, the acting captain of the BGB's Teknaf-2 Battalion.
"They then opened fire at the BGB. The BGB troopers retaliated in self defence. At one point, the Rohingyas started fleeing in different directions. A woman with gunshot wound was later found at the scene."
She was rushed to the Teknaf Upazila Health Complex, where doctors on duty declared her dead.
The BGB recovered 10,000 yaba tablets and two sharp weapons from the scene. A BGB trooper was also injured in the gunfight. -bdnews24.com