‘Crossfires’ kill 4 ‘drug traders’

Staff Correspondent

17 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Four suspected ‘drug traders’ were killed in separate gunfights with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Cox's Bazar and Cumilla districts on Sunday.

In Cox’s Bazar, three suspected drug traders were killed in a gunfight with RAB members in Pahari Dhala area of Teknaf upazila on Sunday.

RAB-15 Teknaf camp official Lieutenant Commander Mirza Shahed Mahtab confirmed the incident.

The deceased are Dil Mohammad, 42, and Rashedul Islam, 22, from Chowdhurypara area of Cox’s Bazar and Shahidul Islam,42, of Master Hat area of Amirabad in Chattogram.

Two RAB members -- Md Jahangir and Md Sohel -- sustained injuries in the gunfight, source said.

On information about a large consignment of yaba pills, a team of RAB members conducted a raid in Pahari Dhala area around 12:00am. But the drug traders opened fire on them. The law enforcers also fired in self-defense, said Mirza Sahed Mahtab.

The RAB members, later, recovered three bullet-hit bodies from the spot and took them to local upazila health complex where the doctors declared them dead, he added.

RAB recovered 140,000 yaba pills, four locally-assembled guns and 21 cartridges from the spot, Mirza added.

The three bodies were sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy, said the officer-in-charge of Teknaf Model police station. As many as 116 people have been killed so far only in Cox’s Bazar district in reported gunfights with law enforcers since the anti-drug drive began on 4 May last year.

In Cumilla, another drug trader was killed in a gunfight with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Mathurapur in Sadar Dakshin upazila on Sunday morning.

Deceased Abul Hashem, 52, of Birahimpur village of the upazila, was a drug peddler, BGB claimed.

BGB-10 commander Lieutenant Colonel Abu Mohammad Mohiuddin said one of their teams was conducting an anti-drug raid in the area when drug peddlers opened fire on them, leading to a gunfight.

One of the drug peddlers sustained bullet wounds during the gunfight, he said.

The BGB members took him to Cumilla Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.