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1 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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‘Yaba lord’ Saiful among 3 killed in ‘gunfights’

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The country’s number one drug lord on the list made by the home ministry and two other drug peddlers were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with police and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members in Cox’s Bazar and Dinajpur early yesterday, police said. Drug lord Hazi Saiful Karim, 46, who made headlines at different times as one of the top yaba traders in the country, was wanted in seven cases, they said.

Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station, said police arrested Saiful from Teknaf recently and after interrogation they came to know that a big consignment of Yaba pills was being smuggled into the country from Myanmar through the Naf River. Police along with Saiful conducted a drive around 3am in the area to seize the Yaba pills. Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the accomplices of Saiful opened fire on the policemen, prompting them to fire back that triggered a gunfight.

At one stage, Saiful was caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet injuries.

Later, he was taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead.

Three policemen were injured during the gunfight, the OC said.

Police recovered nine firearms, 42

bullets and one lakh yaba tablets from the spot.

In another incident, an unidentified yaba trader was killed in a ‘gunfight” with paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) under Teknaf municipality area around 8:15am, BGB sources said.

UNB adds from Dinajpur: A suspected drug dealer was killed in a reported gunfight with BGB at Hili border of Hakimpur upazila early yesterday.

The deceased was identified as Delwar Hossain, 45, son of Abdur Rahman of Nandipur village of the upazila.

BGB sources said they arrested Delwar with 958 Yaba pills from Nandipur on Thursday afternoon.

Later, as per information given by Delwar, the BGB conducted a drive at Chenggram area around 2am. The drug dealers fired at BGB, triggering a gunfight in which Delwar was killed and three BGB members were wounded.

BGB recovered 500 bottles of Phensedyland three machetes from the spot. Officer-in-Charge of Hakimpur Police Station Anwar Hossain said the body has been sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy.

 

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