2 Rohingya ‘drug dealers’ killed in ‘gunfight’

Staff Correspondent

18 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Two suspected Rohingya drug traders were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) along Ghumdhum border of Naikkhongchhari upazila in Bandarban early Saturday.

The deceased were identified as Yasin, 30, and Hossain Ali, 20, who were residing in Kutupalong camp in Ukhiya of Cox’s Bazar district.

Commanding Officer of BGB-34 Battalion Lt Col Ali Haidar Azad Ahmed said a team of the paramilitary force during regular patrolling found a group of people who were dealing with drugs in Chairman Bridge area around 5:30am.

Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the criminals fired at the BGB men, forcing them to fire back in self-defence.

At one stage, Yasin and Hossain were caught in the line of fire and died on the spot, the BGB official said, adding that their cohorts, however, managed to flee. BGB also recovered 40,000 pieces of yaba, one shotgun and two bullets from the spot.

Earlier on September 27, two Rohingya men were killed in what the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) called gunfight with them at Hinla Jaliapara in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.

When some people were crossing the Naf river around 4 am, a patrol team of BGB asked the boatman to anchor it on the river bank, said Commanding officer of BGB-2 Lieutenant Colonel Foysal Hasan Khan.

Sensing danger, the criminals opened fire on the BGB men, forcing them to fire back self-defense.

After a brief gunfight, the BGB men rescued two people with bullet wounds while the others managed to flee the scene.

Later, they were taken to a local hospital where doctors declared them dead.

70,000 pieces of Yaba tablets and one gun were recovered from the spot.