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Suspected drug dealer killed in Dhaka ‘gunfight’

  • Published at 10:47 am May 8th, 2019
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RAB said 500 bottles of phensedyl were confiscated from the scene

A suspected drug trader has been killed in a “gunfight” with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Agargaon, Dhaka.

The deceased is Ashraf Ali, 38. RAB said he had been a professional drug dealer.

RAB recovered one pistol, four rounds of bullets and 500 bottles of phensedyl. A private car was also confiscated from the scene, RAB said.

RAB Company Commander Mohiuddin Faruki said: “We received a tip-off that a car carrying drugs was coming into Dhaka. In preparation, we set up checkposts at Gabtoli and Agargaon.”

“Ashraf and his cohorts tried to speed past the Gabtoli check post in a private car. At this point, we chased them. Suddenly they turned the car to Agargaon from Shyamoli,” he said.

The RAB company commander said there was another checkpost in that area. When the miscreants saw another checkpost, they shot at the RAB personnel stationed there.

“They assumed that the RAB stationed at the post would move away if they shot at them [RAB]. But they held their position. At this point the car lost control and upturned after bumping against a nearby road separator,” he said.

RAB said gunshots were fired in their direction after the car was upturned. The elite forces fired back in retaliation.

“Two of them managed to get away. We found one of them and took him to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital, where the doctors declared him dead,” Commander Faruki said.

RAB said Ashraf was a professional drug dealer in the Tongi area.

“We recovered phensedyl from him several times before. Some six or seven are lodged against him at different police stations,” he added.