COX’S BAZAR: Two alleged criminals were killed in separate incidents, including a ‘gunfight’ with police, in different areas of the district headquarters on Monday.
The deceased were identified as Rifat Ahmed, 25, son of Abdul Khalek of Baharchhara area, and Nazmul Hoque Raja Mia, 35, son of Md Yousuf of Sadar upazila in the district. Police claimed that the both were involved in criminal activities including drug peddling.Inspector (Investigation) Md Khairuzzaman of Cox’s Bazar Model police station said on information, a patrol team of police raided the Kata Pahar area around 12:30am.
Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the drug peddles opened fire on the cops prompting them to retaliate with bullet that triggered a gunfight, he said.
At one stage, Rifat was found lying in bullet-hit condition at the spot. He was rushed to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where on-duty physicians declared him dead, said the inspector. A firearm and bullet were recovered from the spot after the gunfight. On the other hand, locals noticed the bullet-hit body of Raja Mia in Kabita Chattar area in the morning and informed the police.
Inspector Khairuzzaman said Raja might have been killed in ‘gunfight’ with rival group of criminals.