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Brahmanbaria terrorist killed in gunfight

Update : 22 Apr 2015, 07:35 PM

A local terrorist in Brahmanbaria was claimed to have died during a gun battle between his associates and police early yesterday.

Uzzal, 30, son of Jhantu Mia of east Medda area, was killed in the gunfight that took place near a brick kiln in the Ghatura Satbaria area.

Three policemen – Brahmanbaria Sadar Model police station Officer-in-Charge Akul Chandra Biswas, Assistant Sub-Inspector Mehedi Hasan, and Constable Masud Mia – were also injured during the shootout.

OC Akul said police had been trying to nab Uzzal for a couple of days and had conducted raids in different parts of the country.

“Police raided the brick kiln after a tip-off but shots were fired at them, prompting them to fire back. Uzzal sustained bullet injuries during the shootout but his cohorts fled,” he said.

Uzzal, who was the cousin of Brahmanbaria Chhatra League President Masum Billah and had been accused in 11 terrorism cases, was taken to Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.  

An autopsy was performed on his body at the hospital yesterday morning.

Residents of Paikpara and Medda marched through the streets to rejoice at Uzzal’s death. Hundreds of people gathered outside the hospital at night after the news of his death spread. 

On March 31, Uzzal and three others brutally hacked the Brahmanbaria Ward 4 general secretary, Ajit Kumar Das, in broad daylight in a fish market in Medda, leaving him seriously injured.

The four then set off some crude bombs and left the scene. 

The incident caused outrage among locals and they had been staging demonstrations demanding Uzzal’s arrest.

On April 17, RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury, lawmaker of the Brahmanbaria 3 constituency, announced a cash reward of Tk1 lakh for help in capturing Uzzal. 

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