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Six held for shooting at Brahmanbaria police car

Update : 04 Nov 2015, 07:38 PM

Police in Brahmanbaria have seized the black car from which shots were fired at a police van in Ghatura area on Tuesday night.  

The car was recovered from the house of a person named Kazi Nahid in Ghatura, police said, adding that 18 bottles of phensidyl and 26 yaba tablets were found inside the vehicle.

Six men were also detained in this connection and five of them could be identified as Swapan, 20, Amir Hossain, 25, Shahin, 28, Kazi Hossain, 26, and Kazi Mosharraf Hossain, 50.

Three cases were filed with Brahmanbaria Sadar Model police station against the six detainees, said the police station’s Assistant Superintendent of Police Tapash Ranjan Ghosh.

He said two of the cases had been lodged on drug smuggling charges and the third on charge of attacking police. “The detainees will be shown arrested in the cases.”

The six were held between early yesterday and afternoon.

On Tuesday night, shots were fired at the police van when police signalled the car, which was heading to Brahmanbaria, to stop on Comilla-Sylhet highway.

Police signalled the car to stop as they were tipped off that it was transporting drugs.

But the driver of the car defied police order and began to drive off, prompting law enforcement officials to chase it. 

Several rounds were fired at police from inside the car after it crossed a bridge near Brahmanbaria Medical College Hospital and took a road leading to a village. 

The driver of the police van lost control, causing the vehicle to fall into a roadside ditch, leaving the police officials injured.   

Locals later took them to Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital.

Brahmanbaria Sadar Model police station’s Sub-Inspector Abdul Awal Bhuiyan and police van driver Constable Abul Bashar were earlier closed on negligence charges in this connection.

Probe committee formed

A three-member committee has also been formed to probe the incident. 

Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police (headquarters) Md Shafiqul Islam heads the committee, which has been asked to submit a report within three days. 

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