Two suspected drug peddlers, including a Rohingya, were killed in a “gunfight” with Border Guard Bangladesh members in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar early yesterday.
The dead are Md Abdul Gafur, 40, of Myanmar’s Mongdu Nafpura area, and Md Sadek, 23, of Teknaf’s Keruntali area.
Lt Col Mohammad Faisal Hasan Khan, commanding officer of BGB Teknaf-2, claimed they conducted a raid on Teknaf’s Kayokkhali canal on information that a group of drug traders were about to smuggle a large consignment of yaba there.
Around 3:00am, BGB men signaled a boat to stop on the canal but the boat did not pay any heed. Instead, the criminals opened fire on BGB men from the boat, forcing them to retaliate, he added.
During the “gunfight”, Gafur and Sadek sustained bullet injuries while their cohorts managed to flee the scene, the BGB official further added.
They claimed to have recovered one lakh yaba pills from the spot.
Two BGB soldiers -- Al Imran and Abdul Awal -- were also injured during the “gunfight”, said BGB sources.
The Daily Star, however, could not independently verify any of BGB’s claims.
ANOTHER CONSIGNMENT OF 5.40 LAKH YABA PILLS RECOVERED
Another team of BGB recovered 5.40 lakh yaba pills from a deserted boat during a separate drive on the Damdamia river in Teknaf yesterday.
Around 12:15am, a BGB team raided the area on information. Sensing their presence, yaba peddlers deserted their boat on the river and fled the scene. Later, BGB officials recovered the yaba pills from the boat, said Lt Col Faisal.