Two Rohingya men, suspected of being drug peddlers, were killed in a “gunfight” with members of Border Guard Bangladesh in Cox’s Bazar early yesterday. The dead are Mohamamd Ismail, 28, and Helal Uddin, 20, inhabitants of block-22 in
Ukhiya Rohingya Refugee Camp. Ali Haider Azad Ahmed, commanding officer of 34th BGB battalion, claimed they conducted a raid in Palongkhali area of the district’s Ukhiya upazila around 5:00am on information that a consignment of drugs would be smuggled through the area. Sensing BGB members’ presence, the criminals opened fire, forcing them to retaliate, he added. At one stage of the “gunfight”, two drug peddlers sustained bullet injuries. They were rushed to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where on-duty doctors declared them dead, he further added. The bodies were sent to the hospital’s morgue for autopsies, said the BGB officer. BGB also claimed to have recovered 20,000 pieces of yaba pills, a locally-made firearm and two cartridges from the spot. Abul Monsur, officer-in-charge of Ukhiya Police Station, said a case was filed with the police station in connection with the “gunfight”.