COX’S BAZAR: An alleged drug peddler was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Teknaf upazila in the district on early Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Md Rassel Mahmud, 36, son of Foyez Ahmed of Narayanganj district.Officer in-Charge (OC) Pradip Kumar Das of Teknaf police station said on information of trading deadly drug Yaba near the house of drug peddler Amir Hamza in Doingakata area under Hoaikkong union of the upazila, a team of police rushed to the spot.
Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the criminals opened fire on the cops prompting them to retaliate with bullet that triggered a gunfight, he said. At one stage, criminals fled the scene leaving Rassel in bullet-hit condition, the OC said.
Rassel was rushed to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex and later shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where on-duty physicians declared him dead, Pradip said.
Five cops were also injured during the gunfight, he said.
A local gun, five rounds of cartridge and 5,000 pieces of Yaba tablet were recovered from the spot after the gunfight, said the OC.
Deceased Rassel came to Teknaf for buying Yaba tablet from Amir Hamza. He also collected the drug from Hamza for many times earlier, he said. Hamza is accused of three cases while Rassel two filed on different charges including for drug peddling, added the OC.