Man killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfight’

Man killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfight’

A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police near Marine Drive road in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar early Wednesday.

The deceased is Dil Mohammad, 36, son of Makbul Ahmed of Godarbhil village in the upazila.

Police arrested Dil Mohammad from the upazila on Tuesday afternoon, UNB quotes Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station as saying.

Later, a team of police along with Dil Mohammad conducted a drive at an abandoned fish enclosure in the area to recover arms and yaba.

Sensing the presence of law enforcers Dil Mohammad’s associated opened fire to police and tried to snatch away Dil Mohammad from police, forcing them to fire back.

At one stage, Dil Mohammad caught in the line of fire and died on the spot.

Six LG gun, 13 cartridges and 7,000 yaba pills were recovered from the spot.

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

In January and February of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 50, the rights body said on its website.