Three killed in ‘gunfights’

Our Correspondent

23 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

COX’S BAZAR: Three persons including two suspected drug peddlers were killed in separate gunfights with law enforcers in the district on early Friday.

The law enforcers also recovered nine local guns, 23 rounds of bullet along with Yaba pills in these connections.

The deceased were identified as Nur Mohammad, 40, son of Azhar Mian, and Nurul Amin, 35, son of Abdur Sukkur, both hailed from Nazir Parra and Jaliaparra under Teknaf upazila while Korban Ali, 28, son of Mohammad Ali of Mohajer Parra under district headquarters.

Officer-in-Charge (OC) Prodip Kumar Das of Teknaf Police Station said on receiving information of gathering two groups of drug peddlers, a team of police conducted a drive in Razarchhara Pahari area around 4:30 am.

Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the drug peddlers opened fire on members of police prompting them to retaliate with bullet resulting in a gunfight, he said.

At one stage of the gunfight, the drug peddlers fled the scene leaving Nur Mohammad and Nurul Amin in bullet-hit conditions, he said.

The injured were rushed to the Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared them dead, the police officer said.

A total of 20,000 Yaba tablets, eight local guns and 20 rounds of bullet were recovered from the spot following the gunfight, he said adding that five cops were also injured in the incident.

OC Pradip informed that deceased Nur Mohammad was a listed drug peddler under Home Ministry. On the other hand, Korban Ali was also killed in another gunfight with members of Detective Branch (DB) of police in Khurushkul Bridge area under district headquarters on the same day.

DB Inspector Manas Barua of the district said acting on a tip-off that a gang of criminals was gathering in the Khurushkul Bridge area, a team of the DB carried out a drive there around 4:30 am.

Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the criminals opened fire on DB men prompting them to retaliate with bullet causing a gunfight, he said.

At one stage of the gunfight, cohorts of Korban Ali fled the scene leaving him in bullet-hit condition, the DB officer said.

Injured Korban were rushed to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where physicians declared him dead, he said adding that four DB men sustained injuries during the gunfight.