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4 killed in separate 'gunfights'

  • Published at 11:59 am June 26th, 2018
  • Last updated at 04:29 pm June 26th, 2018
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The gunfights occurred on Tuesday

Four people were killed in separate "gunfights" across Bangladesh.

In Kushtia, two kidnappers were killed in an alleged gunfight with police.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday in Itbhata, Chitholia of Mirpur upazila. The deceased are Nayeem Malitha and Joar Ali, both hailing from Chitholia village.

In the gunfight, Sub-Inspector of Mirpur police station Lal Chand, Assistant Sub-Inspector Saiful Islam, and four others were injured. Police recovered two pistols, nine rounds of bullets, and two machetes from the scene.

The injured have been admitted to Mirpur Upazila Health Complex.

According to police, the deceased were involved in the abduction and murder of 8-year-old Deb Dutta, son of Pabitra Dutta, from Chitholia village. 

Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Mirpur police station stated that Deb Dutta was kidnapped on his way to school on June 9.

Police discovered his body in a septic tank in Malithapara area of the same village seventeen days later, on June 25.

Police detained Nayeem Malitha and Joar Ali in relation to the incident. Based on their confession, when police went to Chitholia to catch their associates, they were ambushed at Itbhata.

Nayeem and Joar were injured in the ensuing gunfight between the two parties. They were later pronounced dead after being admitted to Mirpur Upazila Health Complex. 

In another incident, a 40-year-old was killed in a gunfight between two rival groups of in Jessore.

The gunfight occurred in Chougachha of Jessore at around 1am on Tuesday.

The identity of the deceased has not been determined. Police sent his body to Jessore General Hospital.

Officer In-charge of Chougachha police station, Shamimuddin, said that after receiving a tip-off about a gunfight between two rival groups, police reached Salua bazar of Chougachha. Aware of a police presence, members of both groups fled. 

At that time, police found a bullet-ridden body on the scene. Police also recovered a shooter’s gun and a round of bullets from the scene.

Suspected drug dealer killed in Bhola

A man, described by police as a drug lord, was killed in an alleged gunfight with law enforcement officials in Bhola.

The district’s police chief Md Moktar Hossain said Md Zakir Hossain, 40, was a notorious drug dealer who was convicted in four cases and accused in 19 others.

Police claimed to have recovered a locally-made gun, five bullets, five machetes, and a kilogram of marijuana from the spot after a gunfight at the sadar upazila’s North Digholdi Union on Tuesday morning.

Moktar said police raided Uttar Digholdi village after being informed that Zakir was selling drugs.

“Zakir fired at us after we surrounded the area, triggering a skirmish in which he was killed,” the police officer added.