Criminals fired about 20 blank shots at a hill near the refugee camps in the district's Teknaf upazila yesterday, a day after seven suspected Rohingya robbers were killed in a "gunfight" with Rab there.
Locals suspected that members of a notorious robbery gang, led by Zokir Ahmed, fired the shots near Jadimura-Nayapara Rohingya refugee camps- 26, 27 to make their existence known.
They said a group of armed Rohingya men gathered at the hill around noon. The criminals went to the "shootout" spot and fired shots.
The incident caused panic among the Rohingya refugees, who rushed to their rooms fearing attacks from criminals. Locals suspect that some refugees work as sources of the robbery gang.
Mostafa of refugee camp-27 said, "Suddenly we heard some gunshots. Being panicked, were tried to take shelter in safe places. Following the incident, refugees have restricted their movement."
Lt Mirza Shahed Mahatab, company commander of the Rab's Teknaf camp, said they sent a Rab team to the spot on information that criminals opened fire. However, criminals managed to flee before the arrival of law enforcers.
The Rab official said they continued drives to arrest the criminals.Pradip Kumar Das, OC of Teknaf Police Station, said a police team visited the spot.
Necessary measures were taken to keep law and order under control, he added.