Rohingya man killed in ‘police gunfight’

Rohingya man killed in ‘police gunfight’

A Rohingya resident of the Ukhiya refugee camp, was killed in what law enforcers called a gunfight with police in Naikhangchhari upazila of Bandarban early Thursday.

According to police claims, the man was Shah Alam, 45, a drug trader.

Naikhangchhari police station officer-in-charge, Alamgir Hossain, said that they had arrested Shah Alam who was fugitive in three narcotic cases.

Police conducted a raid in South Ghundhum along with Shah Alam, he said adding that sensing their presence, a group of yaba peddlers opened fire on them, forcing the policemen to fire back in self-defence that triggered the gunfight.

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At one stage, Shah Alam was caught in the line of fire. When he was taken to Naikhangchhari Upazila Health Complex, physicians declared him dead, according to police. A total of 40,000 yaba pills, guns and bullets were reportedly recovered from the spot.

Two policemen were injured slightly in the gunfight, the OC also said.