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12:00 AM, October 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:12 AM, October 19, 2019

Four killed in ‘shootouts’ in one night

Four suspected criminals, including two Rohingyas, were killed in separate “gunfights” with the law enforcers in Cox’s Bazar, Joypurhat and Mymensingh early yesterday.

In Cox’s Bazar, two suspected drug peddlers Abul Hashem, 25, and Nur Kamal, 19, were killed in a “gunfight” with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Teknaf’s Hoaikong area near Naf River, reports our Cox’s Bazar correspondent. 

Lt Col Foysal Hasan Khan, commanding officer of BGB-2, said the duo were residents of Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhyia upazila.

“On information that a big consignment of Yaba pills were coming from Myanmar, BGB men took position near the river,” he said.

Noticing a boat, carrying four to five men, was about to enter Bangladesh around 12:30am, BGB men ordered the boatman to stop.

Sensing danger, the criminals opened fire on the BGB men, forcing them to retaliate that eventually triggered a “gunfight”, said the CO. 

Later, BGB officials found two bullet-hit men on the spot and took them to a local hospital where doctors declared them dead.

The BGB official also claimed that three of their men were injured in the incident.  

A total of 50,000 pieces of yaba pills and a local firearm were recovered from the spot, said BGB. 

Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station, said two cases were filed in this connection.

In Mymensingh, a suspected robber was killed in an alleged gunfight with Detective Branch (DB) of Police in Rasulpur area of Gafargaon upazila. 

The dead is Abdul Motalab, 42. 

Being tipped-off that a gang of robbers were preparing to rob a house in Rasulpur area, DB men conducted a drive to arrest them around 12.30am, said Shah Kamal Akanda, officer-in-charge of DB Police in Mymensingh who led the team.

Sensing police presence, the criminals opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back, which eventually turned into a “shootout”.

Later, police found bullet-hit body of Motalab and rushed him to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead around 1.30am, said the OC, adding that police recovered a pipe-gun with 10 bullets from the spot.

Motalab was a member of inter-district robbers’ gang and he was accused in five robbery cases lodged with Gafargaon Police Station, the OC said. 

However, victim’s elder son Jewel Mia, 24, a garment worker by profession, said his father went missing since Wednesday afternoon and they had not been able to trace him. 

Asked, DB OC Shah Kamal said they had no such information. 

In Joypurhat, Aminul Islam Kaset, an accused of multiple crimes, including abduction, was killed in an alleged gunfight with police at Pachbibi upazila, reports our Dinajpur correspondent. 

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