COX’S BAZAR: A top-notch Yaba trader was killed in a gunfight with police at Teknaf upazila in the district on early Monday.
The deceased was identified as Md Shamsul Alam alias Barmaiya Shamsu, 35, son of Md Hossain of Pashchim Hnila area under the upazila.Sources said police arrested Shamsu from Leda area under the upazila on Sunday evening.
Acting on his statement, police went to recover Yaba tablets taking him in the Damdamia area on Monday early hours.
As they reached near the spot, accomplices of Shamsu opened fire to snatch him prompting the law enforcers to retaliate with bullet, the sources said.
At one stage of the gunfight, the criminals fled the scene leaving bullet-hit Shamsu on the spot.
He was rushed to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead, said Officer-in-Charge (OC) Pradip Kumar Das of the Teknaf Police Station.
Two local guns, 12 rounds of bullet, 40 rounds of empty cartridge and 20,000 Yaba tablets were recovered from the spot after the gunfight, said the OC.Three cops identified as Sub Inspector (SI) Rassel, ASIs Md Foyez and Md Ameer were injured during the gunfight. They received primary treatment from hospital, he said.
The deceased Shamsu was a listed drug peddler and accused of at least 10 cases filed on different charges with different police stations, added OC Pradip.