A Rohingya man, suspected of being involved in the murder of Jubo League leader Omar Faruk, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar early Sunday.
The deceased was identified as Habibullah, 40, son of late Ali Ahmmed.Confirming the news, Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge (OC) of Teknaf Police Station, said tipped off that a gang of robbers gathered at Hilar Nayapara Muchni Rohingya Camp area, a team of law enforcers conducted a drive early today.
Sensing the presence of the police, the robbers opened fire at law enforcers, forcing them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight, he said.
After the gunfight, the members of police recovered the bullet hit body of Habibullah from the spot and took him to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex but doctors of the Health Complex referred him to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where duty doctor declared him dead, he added.
The OC also said that the body has been kept at the hospital morgue for an autopsy, adding that police recovered two firearms and cartridges from the scene.
Jubo League leader Faruk, 30, was shot dead at Jadimura on Aug 22. His family said he had been picked up by a group of Rohingyas and murdered.
Since then, six men, suspected of being involved in the murder, have been killed alleged crossfires.Bangladesh is currently hosting more than 1.1 million Rohingyas who fled their homeland in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Many Rohingyas have been accused of getting involved in criminal activities in and around the camp areas.
Apart from reported attacks on police and harassment of journalists, two other locals were also killed, allegedly by Rohingyas, since the 2017 influx.