Three suspected human traffickers were killed in a reported gunfight with police in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early yesterday.
The dead are -- Kurban Ali, 30, Abdul Quader, 25, and Abdur Rahman, 30 – all accused of swindling money from Rohingyas, according to police.
Teknaf OC Pradip Kumar Das said a police team raided Maheskhaliapara boat terminal around 4:00am on a tip-off to arrest those named in a case over trafficking of 15 Rohingyas.
“Sensing their presence, the traffickers opened fire forcing the law enforcers to fire back in self-defence. This triggered a gun-battle and at one stage, most of the traffickers escaped,” said the OC. “Later, police found three men lying on the ground with bullet wounds and took them to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where doctors pronounced them dead.”
Three policemen -- Sub-Inspector Sayef, Constable Mong, and Constable Md Shukkur -- were also injured in the incident who were taken to the Teknaf Upazila Health Complex, he said.
“Tree homemade guns, 15 cartridges, and 20 cartridge casings were recovered from the spot. Two cases were filed in this connection,” said OC Pradip, adding, “The trio had swindled huge sum from Rohingyas by alluring them with promises of immigration to Malaysia.”