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4 killed in ‘gunfights’ in 3 districts

The gunfights occurred on Sunday

Update : 08 Jul 2018, 12:23 PM

Four people have been killed in separate incidents of “gunfights” with law enforcers in three districts across Bangladesh.

In Jhenaidah, two suspected drug peddlers were killed in a reported gunfight with members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Pabahati area, around 2am, on Sunday. 

The deceased are Sajjadur Rahman and Abdul Razzak. 

RAB 6 Jhenaidah Company Commander Senior Assistant Superintendent (ASP) of Police Golam Morshed said, acting on a tip-off, one of their patrol teams went to the area to conduct the drive. 

He said: “Sensing our presence, the drug peddlers tried to escape the scene on a motorcycle. They fired gunshots targeting the RAB members.

“In retaliation, RAB fired back—that triggered a gunfight.”

The RAB official said The RAB TheSajjadur and Abdul were injured in the incident. They were declared dead upon arrival at a local hospital. 

“Two RAB members were also injured in the incident,” he added.

The company commander also said: two firearms, two bullets, 55 bottles of phensedyl, and 152 pieces of yaba tablets were recovered from the spot.

In Mymensingh, suspected drug trader Faruk Miah, 31, was killed in a “gunfight” with police in the Atharbari area of Ishwarganj upazila around 2:15am.

Ahmed Kabir, officer-in-charge (OC) of Ishwarganj police station said, upon receiving information that a gang of drug traders had gathered in the area to share drugs for distribution and take their respective cuts of drug money, a team of police conducted a drive in the area. 

Sensing the presence of police, the drug traders hurled bricks at them and opened fire.

The law enforcers fired back in self-defence, leaving Faruk injured. 

He was then taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

100 yaba tablets, a machete, and seven bullets casings were recovered from the location.

Three policemen were injured during the drive.

Police also detained 59 people from the district during their anti-drug drives.

In Gaibandha, 38-year-old Shamsul Haque, a suspected robber, was killed in a “gunfight” with police in Palashbari upazila.                                                                                                    

The deceased hailed from the Betkopa union area of the upazila.

Gaibandha police station OC Khan Md Shahriar said Shamsul was detained during a raid in the Dholbhanga Bazar area on Saturday.                    

He said: “Based on Shamsul’s confession, we  took him to his village to detain his cohorts and seize their weapons in the early hours of Sunday. 

“When his associates saw him, they snatched him away and began to fire at the police.”

The OC said Shamsul was injured when police fired back in self-defence. 

Later, he died when taken Gaibandha Modern Sadar Hospital. 

He added that Shamsul was a member of an inter-district group of thieves and was accused in several cases— including murders and 12 robberies.

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