One person was killed in a shootout with the BGB in the Baishphandi area of Ghumdhum Union in Naikhyangchhari, Bandarban on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border adjacent to Ukhiya Upazila in Cox’s Bazar. A firearm and fresh cartridges along with 40,000 pieces of yaba were recovered at the time.
The incident took place around 4 am on Wednesday. Cox’s Bazar 34 BGB captain Lt. Colonel Ali Haider Azad Ahmed confirmed the information. The deceased was identified as Adham, 23. He is the son of Abul Hashem of Konarpara Rohingya camp in Tumbrur, Naikhyangchhari.
Ali Haider Azad Ahmed, commander of the 34th BGB in Cox’s Bazar, said news came in the early hours of Wednesday (October 21st) that drug shipments from the 34th BGB battalion of the Cox’s Bazar could enter Bangladesh from Myanmar through the BOP area. On the basis of such news, two expedition patrol teams of Baishphandri BOP took position on the slope of the road north of Makshirtila, south Baishphandi of Ghumdhum Union No. 3 in Naikhyangchhari Upazila in the interior of Bangladesh.
At around 4 in the morning, when they saw a group of 10-12 people coming towards Bangladesh through the hilly area, they started firing at the patrol team. The patrol team also fired back. At one point, yaba traders fled through mountainous jungles into Myanmar.
Later, when the patrol team reached the spot, they rescued an unidentified person who was shot. When he was taken to Ukhia Upazila Health Complex, the doctor on duty declared him dead. His identity could be confirmed during interrogation while he was brought to the hospital.
40,000 pieces of yaba, a home-made single-barreled gun and two rounds of fresh ammunition were recovered from the spot.
Two BGB members were injured during the firing. They were given first aid at Ukhia Upazila Health Complex. Legal action is being taken in this incident.