Till Tuesday, 41 people have been killed as law enforcement agencies launched their latest drive against drug peddling and abuse across Bangladesh
Nine suspected drug traders have been killed in separate incidents of “gunfights” with law enforcement agencies in eight districts.
The incidents took place on Wednesday.
In Kushtia, two suspected drug traders were killed in separate “gunfights” with police in Bheramara and Kumarkhali upazilas in the early hours of the day.
The deceased are Fotik alias Gaffar, 37, and Liton Sheikh, 40.
Kushtia Superintendent of Police (SP) SM Mehedi Hasan told the Dhaka Tribune: “The incident took place when police conducted a drive in Haowakhali brick field and near a bridge in Lahini Para.”
Five police officials were also injured in the “gunfight” in Lahini Para.
The SP said a total of two firearms, four rounds of bullets, 1,200 pieces of yaba tablets, 500g cannabis, and 2g heroin were recovered in the two drives.
In Cumilla, a listed drug trader named Nurul Islam Esa was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Gomti Badh area under Adarsha Sadar upazila around 12:30am.
Police said 35-year-old Esa was detained in a special drive Tuesday evening. Later, they went to the spot along with the detainee to recover his stock of drugs.
Kotwali model police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abu Salam Mia said: “Esa’s associates opened fire at us when a team of police went to the spot to recover the drugs.”
In retaliation, the law enforcers fired back, and Esa was injured.
Later, he was pronounced dead at the Comilla Medical College Hospital.
The OC said Esa was accused in seven cases filed under the Narcotics Control Act.
In Thakurgaon, a suspected drug trader, Aftaful Islam, 38, was killed in a “gunfight” with police in Bonbari area.
Aftaful, son of Bhebsha Mohammad of Parua village, was a listed drug trader, police said.
Thakurgaon SP Farhat Ahmed said Aftaful was detained from his house with 100 bottles of phensedyl around 12am.
Based on information from him, police conducted a drive in Bonbari area to recover drugs.
The SP said: “Sensing our presence, a team of miscreants opened fire at us.”
In retaliation, police fired back, leaving Aftaful dead.
Meanwhile, two policemen were also injured in the incident.
SP Farhat said he was accused in 19 cases, including 12 cases filed under the Narcotics Control Act.
In Jamalpur, a drug peddler named as Mosharraf Hossain Bidyut, 41, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Chhonkanda Madrasa Balurghat area in the early hours of Wednesday.
At a press briefing in the afternoon, the district's Superintendent of Police (SP) Delwar Hossain said a drive was conducted in the area after police were tipped off that a group of drug dealers were bringing in a huge cache of narcotics from Sherpur.
Jamalpur Sadar police station OC Nasimul Islam had led the raid. He was also injured in the gunfight.
Delwar said the drug dealers had opened fire at the police team sensing their presence, forcing the law enforcers to return fire.
"Bidyut was shot at that time, while his accomplices swam across the Brahmaputra River and managed to flee," he said.
He said Bidyut was rushed to Jamalpur General Hospital, but duty doctors delcared him dead upon arrival.
The law enforcers also recovered 1,000 yaba tablets, 200g heroin, a pistol, and three rounds of bullets.
However, Bidyut's wife Shilpi Begum claimed three officers from the Sadar police station had picked her husband up from their home Monday night. "And I heard about his death in a gunfight with police this morning (Wednesday)."
SP Delwar brushed off her claims, terming them "false and baseless accusation."
He said Bidyut was accused in 16 drugs-related cases and one robbery case - all filed with Sadar police. "His wife is also accused in a number of drugs-related cases."
In Gaibandha, Raju Mia, a listed drug peddler, was killed in a reported gunfight with the Rapid Action Battalion at Bisramgacchi village in Palashbari early in the morning, reports UNB.
Raju was the son of Abdul Jabbar of the upazila's Raigram.
In Lalmonirhat, a suspected drug trader was killed in a “gunfight” with police in Kuti area.
The deceased is Eshar Ali, 43, son of Momtaz Ali of Roson Shimulbari.
Lalmonirhat Sadar police station OC Mahfuz Alam said: “A group of seven to eight drug smugglers attacked us with sharp weapons and opened fire at us when we went to the area to arrest them around 3am.
In retaliation, police fired, killing Eshar, and leaving two policemen injured.
Later, he was declared dead after being taken to Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital.
Lalmonirhat SP SM Rashedul Hoque said: “Some lethal weapons, cannabis, phensedyl bottles, and bullet shells were also recovered from the spot.”
In Feni, RAB gunned down Faruq Hossain, 39, an alleged drug peddler in a reported gunfight, reports the Bangla Tribune.
RAB 7 Feni camp in-charge Squadron Leader Fahim Ahmed said some drug dealers attacked a team of the elite force while they were searching a Dhaka-bound vehicle in Dadful area.
He said Faruq got injured when they fired back in retaliation. Later, he was declared dead when taken to Feni Government Hospital.
RAB seized 22,000 yaba pills and some firearms from the scene.
In Rangpur, a suspected drug dealer was killed in a “gunfight” with police Hazirhat area in the morning.
Rangpur police station Inspector Moktarul Islam said a pistol and huge number of phensedyl bottles were recovered from the spot, reports the Bangla Tribune.
Till Tuesday, 41 people have been killed as law enforcement agencies launched their latest drive against drug peddling and abuse across Bangladesh.