Only four days after seven alleged Rohingya robbers were shot dead while fighting with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), another suspected robber of the community was killed in a fresh "gunfight" with police in Cox's Bazar on Friday.
The deceased was identified as Ojiullah (30), a son of Sirajul Islam from Nayapara Rohingya camp. He was a nephew and also an assistant to notorious robber Jokir Ahmed in the camp, said police.
The law enforcing agency claimed they also arrested three robbers from the spot and seized uniforms of Bangladesh Army, RAB and security forces of Myanmar from their possession.
Three police members were also claimed to have been injured during the "gunfight".
The arrested "robbers" were identified as Khurshed Alam (39), a son of late Abu Taher from Nayapara refugee camp, Md Amin (25), a son of Abdur Rahim from Jadimura refugee camp, and Saiful islam (20), a son of Nazir Ahmed from Rajarchhora area of Teknaf.
According to Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge (OC) of Teknaf Model Police Station, a team of police led by ABMS Doha, inspector (investigation), raided Habirchhora Matichhira hill area in Teknaf after being tipped off that robber Jokir was staying there.
At that time, a gun-battle took place between police members and the robber gang, said Pradip.
The police team arrested four robbers, including one injured, and recovered firearms, bullets, 2,000 pieces of contraband yaba tablets and law enforcers' uniforms, he added.
All the four were taken to Teknaf upzila health complex, and three were given first aid. The doctor on duty referred the other critically injured to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital where he was declared dead.
The body of the deceased has been kept in the morgue of the Sadar Hospital to perform an autopsy, said OC Pradip.
The OC further said separate cases under relevant laws will be filed against the arrested people.
Meanwhile, a November 2019 report of human rights organisation Amnesty International states that the number of extrajudicial killings has risen in Bangladesh since law enforcers launched anti-drugs campaign in May 2018.
So far, 75 Rohingya refugees have been killed during "gunfights" with the country's three law enforcing agencies – police, RAB and Border Guard Bangladesh.