Two suspected muggers were killed in separate alleged gunfights with Rapid Action Battalion early Thursday in Dhaka's Turag and Rampura areas.
The dead were Nazrul Islam, 37, son of late Abdul Aziz from Panchagarh, and Kamal Paevez, 42, son of Kenai Kazi from Gournadi, Barisal. RAB Legal and Media Wing Assistant Director Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan confirmed the Dhaka Tribune of the deaths.
RAB 1 Deputy Director Lt Commander Kazi Mohammad Shoaib said that around 2am on Thursday, three hijackers on a motorcycle opened fire at RAB officials when the elite force challenged them at a check post near Prottasha bridge in Turag area.
In retaliation, RAB officials fired back, leaving left one of the three, Nazrul Islam, injured. The other two hijackers managed to flee.
The RAB official said Nazrul was member of a Dhaka based dope gang and was also involved in women trafficking and robbery.
Sub-Inspector Khagendra Chandra Sarker of Turag police station said he recovered Nazrul's body from Tongi 50 bed hospital and took it to Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 3pm on Thursday.
Turag police OC Mahbub-e Khuda told the Dhaka Tribune that Nazrul had a case filed against him with Tongi police station.
In Rampura, Kamal Parvez was killed during an alleged gunfight between RAB 3 officials and a group of muggers in Rampura East Balurmath area around 12:30am on Thursday.
According to RAB press release, Kamal was a member of a group of muggers that hijacked a woman named Sheuli Parvez on Wednesday 4pm. When locals intercepted the four muggers on two motorcycles, they started to shoot at the locals and a youth named Rimon received bullet wounds. However, Kamal fell off the motorcycle during the chase and the locals detained him, RAB said quoting Sheuli.
Later when RAB questioned Kamal, he revealed the names of his associates – Habib, Babu and Sultan. Following the information, a team of RAB 3 along with Kamal went to their hideout where the hijackers sensed the RAB's presence and started shooting.
Kamal was shot during the gunfight and was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where duty doctors declared him dead, the RAB statement said.
SI Delowar Hossain said they recovered the body from the area and sent it to DMC morgue. However, it could not be ascertained if Kamal had any case against him with any police stations.
However, when Kamal's family members went to DMCH to receive his body, Kamal's wife Shwapna Begum claimed that her husband was a RMG scraps trader. She said on Wednesday evening, Sultan had called her and said Kamal was picked up by law enforcers. She then informed local police and RAB but they denied of any such arrest.
On Thursday morning, someone called her from Kamal's phone and told her that her husband's had received bullet wounds and was in DMCH. Shwapna Begum said she came to the hospital after the call and found that her husband was already dead.