Three robbers were killed in a gunfight with police at Teknaf Hill in Cox’s Bazar. Five policemen, including four officers, were injured in the incident. The incident took place at Hnila Rangikhali hill on Wednesday (May 6) morning.
The deceased were identified as Syed Alam, Nurul Alam and Syed Hossain. They were residents of different villages of the upazila and members of the hill bandits.
Teknaf Model Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Pradeep Kumar Das said a team of police conducted a raid on the Rangikhali robber’s dormitory on Wednesday morning after receiving a tip-off. At that time, the members of the bandit group shot at the police. Later the police also fired back. The three were rescued on the spot and taken to Teknaf Hospital where doctors declared them dead. Five policemen were injured in the incident. Sixteen domestic and foreign weapons and a large quantity of yaba were recovered from the robbers’ hideout.
OC Pradeep said the injured police officers and members were being treated. The campaign is still ongoing.
Rumana Rashid, an emergency department doctor at the Teknaf Upazila Health Complex, said police brought the three men to the hospital around 9am on Wednesday. Shot marks were seen on various parts of their bodies. They were sent to Cox’s Bazar with first aid and the injured policemen were released with medical treatment.
Meanwhile, on April 29, a local farmer, Akhtar Ullah, 24, was abducted from a paddy field and shot dead by Rohingya robbers, his family alleged. They have taken away two more farmers named Shah Mohammad Shahed (25) and Mohammad Idris (28) from the same area.
Akhter Ullah’s family claims that Rohingya robbers recently kidnapped and detained him and demanded ransom. The robbers also informed the family that his body was kept west of the Rohingya camp called Unchiprang Putibnia in Huaikeng, Teknaf, after he was killed on Friday morning due to lack of ransom money. It is alleged that the two abductees threatened to kill the other two for not paying the demanded amount. Police are conducting an operation to rescue them.
According to law enforcement sources, 36 people have been killed in gun battles with law enforcement in the first five months of this year. Among them were 22 active robbers.