Illegal logging: Youth killed in ‘gunfight’ with forest guards

A youth was killed in a “gunfight” between forest guards and illegal loggers in Cox’s Bazar’s Chakaria upazila early yesterday.

The deceased was identified as Shahidul Islam, 25, of Fakirakhola village of the upazila, confirmed Chandan Kuman Chakrabarty, officer-in-charge of Chakaria Police Station.

Around 10-12 armed loggers entered the Kutakhali forest to plunder trees around 1:00am yesterday, said Anwar Hossain, forest officer of the Cox’s Bazar forest department (north).

Sensing the presence of forest guards, the criminals opened fire, Anwar said, adding that the forest guards then returned fire.

The official said they later learnt that police recovered a bullet-hit body.

The body was sent to Cox’s Bazar General Hospital morgue for an autopsy.  

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