The BGB recovered 360,000 contraband yaba pills and local firearms and weapon from the spot
Two suspected drug dealers have been killed in a reported gunfight with the Border Guard Bangladesh in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.
Although the identities of the alleged drug dealers are yet to be confirmed, the BGB recovered 360,000 contraband yaba pills and local firearms and weapon from the spot, confirmed Teknaf BGB 2 Battalion Captain Lt Col Faisal Hasan Khan on Tuesday.
He said: “Acting on a tip-off, a BGB patrol team took position at Nazirpara point on the Naf River in Teknaf to bust a large consignment of yaba entering from Myanmar early Tuesday.
“However, the drug traders, realizing the presence of the BGB members, opened fire on them, prompting the law enforcers to fire back in self-defence, triggering a gunfight.”
After the skirmish, the bodies of two people were found, along with 360,000 yaba pill and local firearms and weapons, he added.
Col Faisal added that the bodies were recovered and sent to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex. “After confirming the identities of the deceased, the bodies will be sent to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital Morgue for autopsy.”
According to rights body Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a total of 222 people were killed in 'gunfights' around Bangladesh in 2020.
In January 2021, only two people were victims of extrajudicial killings, said its data.