Suspected drug dealer killed in BGB ‘gunfight’ in Cox’s Bazar

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‘BGB members took one injured to Ukhiya Upazila Health Complex where the duty doctor declared him dead’

A suspected yaba trader was killed on Thursday in a reported gunfight with Border Guard Bangladesh in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhiya upazila.

The deceased is, Maukyu Tongchonga, 25, of 22nd police camp (Baishfari) area of Dhoomghoom union under Naikhongchhari upazila in Bandarban.

The incident took place at Beribadh area near Kakra Bridge at the banks of Naf River of Balukhali Panbazar area in Ukhiya, confirmed Coz Bazar BGB 34 Battalion commander Lt Col Ali Haider Azad Ahmed.

Based on intelligence reports of a huge shipment coming in, BGB suspected five to six people who were coming from Myanmar side near Beribadh area. When asked to stop, the suspected yaba traders shot at BGB and fled towards Myanmar border, said Lt Col Ahmed.

“BGB members took one injured to Ukhiya Upazila Health Complex where the duty doctor declared him dead,” said the BGB commander.

Later, locals identified the body of the deceased and it was sent to Cox’s Bazar General Hospital for autopsy.

BGB claims Maukyu Tongchonga was a marked yaba dealer and was in the circle of drug dealers who were involved in the smuggling of yaba pills from Myanmar.

BGB recovered 140,000 yaba along with a locally made rifle and three rounds of bullets from the spot.