One suspect was killed after hurling bombs at a RAB check post in Mirpur and the other in a ‘gunfight’ in Narayanganj
Two suspected drug peddlers were gunned down by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officials in separate incidents in Dhaka and Narayanganj on Tuesday.
In Dhaka, a suspect was shot dead at a RAB checkpoint in Beribadh area of Mirpur, Additional Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Chowdhury Monzurul Kabir confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune.
He said two suspects riding a motorbike were signaled to stop as they approached a RAB checkpost in Mirpur around 4am on Tuesday. Instead of stopping the motorbike, the riders began hurling bombs at RAB officials, prompting them to open fire in self-defence.
The suspects attempted an escape, but lost control of the motorbike near Tamanna Park. RAB officials found one of the severely injured riders, while the other got away using bombs as a diversion, he added.
The commanding officer said the injured man was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where the on-duty doctor declared him dead on arrival.
Further investigation revealed the identity of the deceased man as Ibrahim Hossain Babu alias Pilot Babu, 35, who was accused in at least 15 cases related to illegal narcotics.
Monzurul confirmed RAB seized an unregistered Yamaha RXS motorcycle, two bomb pieces, 6,000 Yaba tablets, and one mobile phone from the scene
The process to file three separate cases about the incident is underway, he added.
In a separate incident, another suspected drug kingpin has been killed in a so-called gunfight with RAB, in Rupganj area of Narayanganj around 2:40am on Tuesday.
The deceased suspect, Nadim alias Pochish, 35, is one of the top Yaba peddlers in Dhaka, who conducted his illicit business from the Geneva Camp area. RAB found at least 10 drug cases against Nadim, including murder.
RAB-2 Commanding Officer Anwar Uz Zaman informed one shutter gun, one pistol, six rounds of bullet and 5,000 pieces of yaba tablet were seized during the raid.
Anwar said: “Acting on a tip-off, a RAB team conducted a raid at Narayanganj’s Rupganj area and approached the drug peddlers. However, sensing their presence, they started firing at the team."
RAB shot them in self-defence, and later saw a person fall down on the spot. After taking him to Rupganj hospital, the on-duty doctors declared him dead, said the commanding officer.
RAB identified the deceased as Nadim, alias Pochish, one of the top yaba dealers in Geneva camp. He is also listed as one of the top yaba traders by the Home Ministry and several law enforcement agencies, he said.
According to the RAB commanding officer, Nadim, alias Pochish, and his associates bought yaba from Teknaf and Cox's Bazar to sell them in Dhaka. However, they would take positions in areas beside Dhaka in order to avoid capture, and use small-time drug traders for selling them in Dhaka.
Nadim, alias Pochish, 31, used to sell yaba, heroin, marijuana, and other narcotics to the public.
Pochish was a boy working in a restaurant at Geneva Camp since his childhood. His daily salary at that time was Tk25.
When he started selling marijuana, he used to sell a pack at Tk25, equivalent to one day’s salary. For this reason, people started calling Nadim as “Pochish,” the Bangla word for 25. This highly dangerous business made Pochish a millionaire.