Identity of the deceased could not be ascertained immediately.
Senior Assistant Commissioner of Rajpara Zone of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Ifte Khayer Alam said a team of police conducted a special drive in the area around 4:30am.
But sensing the presence of police, a gang of criminals opened fire to them prompting the law enforcers to take retaliation, triggering a gun battle.
Later, the police personnel found the youth in bullet-ridden condition and took him to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) where on duty doctor declared him dead.
Ifte Khayer Alam also said police recovered firearms and bullets from the spot.
RMCH sources said the body was sent to morgue for a post-mortem examination.