NOAKHALI: Police in Noakhali’s Hatiya have reported the deaths of three men in what it described as a ‘shootout between two gangs of robbers,’ which erupted over a turf war, in Char Ghasia of Noakhali’s Hatiya on Thursday.
The deceased were identified as Shahraj, 35, Kabir, 40 and Nurunnabi, 45, Hatiya Police Station office-in-charge Amir Hossain told UNB.
Earlier, Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) claimed to have detained five robbers with arms following the turf war.
The detainees are Md Hinju, 37, of Noakhali’s Char Jabbar; Mohammad Harun, 37, of Lakshmipur’s Ramgati, Mohammad Liton, 35, from the district’s Char Gazi village, Mohammad Mosharof, 36, of Abdul Munshirhat Kalkini village and Azim Bepari, 27, of Char Abdullah village.
During its drive, Coast Guard seized three single-shot rifles, two rounds of bullets, six machetes, five spears and many iron rods from them.
According to locals, two robbers, who are also brothers, Khokon and Fakhrul were at loggerheads over establishing supremacy in Char Ghasia. Recently, Fakhrul took hold of the area after the law enforcers caught Khokon.
Coming out of jail on bail a few days ago, Khokon tried to regain his hold. So, the dispute between the two brothers resurfaced and led to today’s gunfight.