At least five people, including four members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), were injured in a gunfight with Yaba smugglers at Moulvipara near the embankment of Naf River in Teknaf upazila on Friday night.
The BGB members detained a bullet-hit Yaba smuggler named Md Ismail, 42, son of Nur Sultan of Moulvipara, on the spot and seized 49,400 Yaba tablets from his possession. The injured Yaba smuggler was admitted to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex.
The injured BGB members are Khorshed Alam, Mintu Das, Md Majid and Nurul Islam. They are undergoing treatment at the health complex.
Acting on a tip-off that a consignment of Yaba tablets was coming from Myanmar through the Naf River, a BGB team led by Lt Col Abujar Al Jahid, commander of BGB-42 Battalion, took position on the embankment at around 10:00pm.
After a while, a boat with five to six smugglers on board anchored in the area. When the smugglers reached the sluice gate area of the embankment, the border guards asked them to stop.
Sensing danger, the gang members opened fire, prompting the border guards to retaliate. The four BGB men sustained bullet injuries during the gunfight that continued for 20 to 25 minutes, BGB sources said.
When the smugglers retreated, BGB men found bullet-hit Ismail lying beside the embankment. They arrested him with the Yaba tablets and took him to the upazila heath complex.
A case was filed with Teknaf Police Station in this regard
Meanwhile, members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 2,000 pieces of Yaba tablets at Cox's Bazar Airport yesterday afternoon.
The elite force picked up Lutfar Rahman, a security guard of the airport, for interrogation.