A Rohingya man died in what was described as a gun battle with the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members in the coastal upazila of Teknaf early today.
The deceased is Nur Kabir, 28, a Myanmar citizen.
Teknaf-2 battalion BGB Commander Lt Col Faisal Hasan Khan said, "In the early hours of Friday, BGB members were patrolling Chhuri Khal area and saw some men digging in Kewra orchard. When the BGB members tried to question them, they ran. They were carrying packets covered with black polythene.
"As the BGB members chased them, they started shooting. The BGB members then fired back in self-defence. Two BGB members were injured in the gunfight. When the gun battle ended, one of the drug traffickers was found with bullet wounds."
The injured man was first taken to Teknaf Hospital. The doctors then sent him to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital where he was declared dead.
Lt Col Faisal said the man was identified as a Rohingya man from the card found in his pocket.
BGB recovered 1.20 lakh yaba pills, a locally-made gun and two rounds of fresh cartridges from the scene.
"The other drug traffickers were able to escape from the scene. Legal action will be taken in this regard," said the BGB commander.