A 30-year-old fisherman was shot dead allegedly by pirates in the Bay of Bengal Tuesday night.
The deceased was identified as Musa, son of Harun Mia of Charlathimara village in Patharghata upazila.
Golam Mostafa Chowdhury, the president of the Barguna District Trawler Owners Association, said a group of 25-30 pirates swooped on a trawler, named ‘FB Babul’, in the Mandarbari area of the Sundarbans off the coast of Patharghata upazila at 9.30pm and took the fishermen on board hostages at gunpoint.
Musa was shot dead when he resisted the robbery. The pirates looted valuables from the trawler and also thrashed some fishermen before leaving the vessel.
Commander (operations) of the Bangladesh Coast Guard, Lutfur Rahman, said a team from the Mongla zone is on its way to the high seas.