Man killed in alleged gunfight with police

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Prothom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what police called a gunfight with them at Jadimora No. 27 camp of Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday morning, reports UNB.

The deceased Nur Mohammad, 34, son of late Kala Mia, was the leader of a notorious robber gang, police claimed.

Police arrested Nur Mohammad from Shalbagan area in the hilly region on Saturday afternoon, said Teknaf police station officer-in-charge Pradip Kumar Das.

A team, led by the station’s officer-in-charge (investigation) ABMS Doha, took Nur with it while conducting a drive to recover illegal firearms in the camp around 5:45am.

Nur’s associates and yaba peddlers fired on police and tried to snatch him. The ensuing gunfight left Nur and three policemen injured, he added.

Later, Nur was taken to the upazila sadar Hospital where physicians declared him dead, the OC said.

Police also claimed to have recovered four light guns, a local gun, 18 rounds of bullet and 20 bullet shells from the spot.

On 22 August, Nur Mohammad held during the earring ceremony of his daughter. The received gifts included one kilogram of gold, Tk 4.5 million in cash and other materials.

According to a human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh in 2018.

In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.

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