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    War on drugs: 2 killed in Comilla, Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfights’

    Onlinedesk | 02 June 2018 | 1:02 pm

    War on drugs: 2 killed in Comilla, Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfights’

    So far, over 115 people, mostly alleged drug peddlers, have been killed across Bangladesh since law enforcement agencies launched an aggressive countrywide anti-narcotics drive mid-May

    At least two suspected drug peddlers have been killed in separate incidents of “gunfights” in two districts.

    In Comilla, suspected drug peddler Saddam Hossain, 36, was killed in a reported gunfight with police near Koroibon road of Chauddagram upazila early Saturday.

    Chauddagram police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Abul Foysal said, acting on a tip-off, a group of drug peddlers opened fire while police officials were trying to detain them as they ( the drug peddlers) were trafficking drugs near the Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

    In retaliation, police fired back, leaving Saddam critically injured.

    Later, he was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital, where the doctor pronounced him dead.

    The OC further said they recovered 200 bottles of phensidyl and a pipe gun from the scene.

    Four policemen, including an assistant superintendent of police (ASP), were injured in the incident.

    In Cox’s Bazar, suspected drug peddler Md Shahjahan, 30, was killed in a “gunfight” between two groups of drug peddlers at Chakaria upazila’s Baniyachhara hilly area early Saturday.

    Chakaria police station OC Bakhtiar Uddin said police, acting on information, reached the spot and recovered Shahjahan’s body.

    They also recovered 4,000 pieces of yaba pills, guns, and bullets from the scene.

    The OC also said a number of cases had been filed against Shahjahan earlier.

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