UP member among two killed in Teknaf gunfight: Police

As many as 265 people, including four women, have been killed in Cox's Bazar district alone till Friday morning since the anti-drug operations began across the country on 4 May 2018

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A Union Parishad member among two were killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar early Friday.

The deceased were identified as Bakhtiar Ahmed, 55, a member of Ward-9 of Rajapalang union parishad of Ukhiya upazila and Mohammad Taher, 27, a Rohingya man who lived at Kutupalang Rohingya camp.

Police said the two were listed drug dealers and were accused in several cases.

Teknaf Model police station officer-in-charge Pradip Kumar Das said a police patrol team conducted a raid in the Kutupalang area around 9:00pm on Thursday. Fugitives Bakhtiar Ahmed and Taher were arrested with Tk 1 million in cash at the time and brought to the police station.

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Following the information they divulged to police, a team of the law enforcement took them to recover yaba tablets and firearms from a grove in Wabrang of Hnila union parishad of Teknaf.

Bakhtiar and Taher came in the line of shooting and sustained bullet injuries, OC Pradip said

Sensing the presence of police, the misscreants shot at them leading the police to retaliate that triggered a gunfight.

Bakhtiar and Taher came in the line of shooting and sustained bullet injuries, OC Pradip said.

They were taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex but were shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, where the two injured succumbed to their injuries. Police managed to detain one of their cohorts, Mohammad Yunus, alive.

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The law enforcement claimed to have recovered Tk 1 million in cash, 20,000 contraband yaba tablets, five locally made firearms, 17 rounds of bullets and 13 shells from the spot.

Four of the police members, assistant sub-inspector Mazharul Islam, constables Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Habib and Abu Hafiz, were claimed to have sustained injuries during the gunfight.

As many as 265 people, including four women, have been killed in Cox's Bazar district alone till Friday morning since the anti-drug operations began across the country on 4 May 2018. Among them there are 102 Rohingyas including two women.