At least three people, including two Rohingya refugees, were killed in two separate gunfights with police members in two separate places in Cox’s Bazar in the early hours on Tuesday.
The deceased were identified as Azim Ullah, 20, son of Abdur Rahim of Shamplapur Rohingya Camp in Teknaf upazila, Abdus Salam, 52, son of Rahim Ali of Jamtali Rohingya Camp in Ukhiya upazila, and Syedul Mostafa alias Bhulu, son of Jahir Haji of Pahartali of Cox’s Bazar town.
Police said that the gunfights took place at Shamlapur of Teknaf upazila and Katapahar area of Cox’s Bazar district town in the early hours of Tuesday.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Teknaf Model police station said that on information that some Rohingya men and gathered for trafficking, police conducted a raid at Shamplapur area. Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the traffickers started firing on them provoking the law enforcers for retaliation in self-defense, said the OC.
Following the gunfight, police found two bullet-hit bodies on the spot. They were taken to the hospital. The on duty doctors of the hospital declared them dead.
The bodies were kept in the district hospital for post-mortem.
On the other hand, the second gunfight took place at Pahartali area of Cox’s Bazar district town when police along with Syedul Mostafa Bhulu went to Katapahar area to recover arms and yaba.
Bhulu received bullet injury during the exchange of fire between the members of the law enforcing agencies and accomplices of Bhulu, said OC of Cox’s Bazar police station. He also said that the on duty doctors declared him dead in the hospital.
According to the police, they seized firearms, ammunitions and yaba from the spots following the reported gunfight.
The body was kept at the hospital for post-mortem.