Man killed in 'gunfight' with police

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Prothom Alo IllustrationA suspected drug trader was killed in what the law enforcement called a gunfight with them in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar early Sunday, reports UNB.

The deceased was identified as Aziz, 24, son of Saleh Ahmed of Dailpara in the upazila.

Police arrested Aziz around 9:00pm on Saturday, NB quotes officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station, Pradip Kumar Das, as saying.

Law enforcers went on a drive along with Aziz at Maheshkhali Noughat around 12:30am to recover yaba and firearms, Pradip Kumar said, adding that as soon as they reached the area, Aziz’s cohorts opened fire on them forcing police to retaliate.

Aziz was reportedly found lying on the ground sustaining injuries and taken to Teknaf Health Complex where physicians referred him to Sadar Hospital for better treatment.

He, however, died at the district hospital, UNB quotes the OC as saying.

A gun, seven bullets and 3,000 yaba tablets were reportedly recovered from the spot.

Pradip also claimed that three policemen were injured in the gunfight.

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

In the first eight months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 264, the rights body said on its website.

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