Five suspected criminals, including three fugitive ‘Rohingya,’ were killed in separate ‘gunfights‘ with law enforcers in Cox’s Bazar, Narayanganj and Gazipur early on Thursday.
In Cox’s Bazar, the Rohingya men were identified as Md Jamil, 20, Asmat Ullah, 21, and Md Rafiq, 24. All three were listed robbers and were implicated in several cases, involving murder, robbery, hijacking and kidnapping, according to police.They were on the run since the cases were filed against them, police said.
The incident took place in Shamlapur Dhala area of Baharchora Union under Teknaf Upazila in the early hours of Thursday, said Teknaf police station officer-in-charge (OC) Pradip Kumar Das.
Md Jamil, Asmat Ullah, and Md Rafiq were arrested from Teknaf’s Shamlapur area on Wednesday night, said OC Pradip.
Based on their confessions, police later launched a drive in Shamlapur Dhala area with the miscreants in tow to retrieve weapons and loots.
When police reached the area, their associates tried to snatch them away by opening fire on police, forcing the law enforcers to retaliate.
Bullet-hit Jamil, Asmat and Rafiq were found on the spot after the gunfight.They were taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex where doctor recommended their transfer to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.
They were declared dead by the doctor at emergency department after they were taken to the Sadar hospital.
Police recovered three guns, six bullets, and eight bullet shells from the spot, said the OC.
In Narayanganj, Tuhin Hossain, 23, resident of Deobhokg Shantinagar area in Fatulla upazila, was killed in a ‘gunfight‘ with RAB in Saidpur area of Sadar upazila around 4:00am, hours after he was arrested, Major Talukder Nazmus Sakib, Crime Prevention Special Company Commander and RAB-11 deputy commander, said.
Tuhin, who was accused in multiple cases, including murder, drug and firearms, was arrested around 1:00am from Rasulpur area of Cumilla, he said.
Based on his information about drug dealing and firearms, police raided the area along with Tuhin. But sensing the presence of the law enforcers, his accomplices fired back forcing the police to retaliate starting a ‘gunfight‘, the OC said.
At one stage, Tuhin came in the line of fire and was hit by a bullet. He was taken to Narayanganj General Hospital in a critical condition where doctors declared him dead, the RAB official said.
Two RAB officers were injured in the ‘gunfight‘, he added.
Police recovered foreign made guns loaded with bullets and locally made guns from the spot, the police official said.
Police filed two cases in connection with the incident, he added.
In Gazipur, Masud Parvez, 32, a suspected robber, was killed in a gunfight with RAB in Sreepur upazila, assistant superintendent of police Md Kamruzzman of RAB-1 said
He was the son of late Azizul Haque of Bormi area in the upazila.
Being tipped off that a gang of robbers are preparing for robbery in Daulatpur area, a team of RAB-1 conducted a drive in the area in Sreepur in the early hours of Thursday, he added.
As the policemen reached Daulatpur, a gang of robbers, who were staying there, opened fire on them forcing the law enforcers to retaliate with bullets, he said.
Parvez was shot when he tried to flee while his cohorts managed to flee, the RAB official said.
The alleged criminal was taken to Sreepur Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead, he said.
Police recovered a foreign made pistol, six one-shooter guns, one short gun and two bullets from the spot, he said, adding that Parvez was accused in multiple cases filed on different charges.