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War on drugs: 3 suspected drug dealers killed in 'gunfights'

  • Published at 10:53 am June 23rd, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:02 pm June 23rd, 2018
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The incidents took place in late hours of Friday and early hours of Saturday

Three more suspected drug dealers have been killed in reported gunfights in Tangail, Sirajganj and Chuadanga.

The incidents took place in late hours of Friday and Saturday.

In Tangail, a listed drug peddler named Abdul Mannan, 45, was killed during a so-called gunfight between two gangs of narcotics dealers.

The incident took place in the Charabari area of Sadar upazila in the late hours of Friday.  This was confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune bySadar model police station OC Sayedur Rahman.

He said that Mannan, an accused in six cases, was one of the top yaba pill peddlers in the area. 

“Two gangs of narcotics traders were engaged in a gunfight on Friday night, over a distribution of drug money. Mannan died on the spot following the gunfight,” the OC said.

On a tip off, police visited the area on Saturday morning and found the suspect’s body along with a firearm, six bullets, and 200 yaba pills.

Sayedur said the body of the deceased would be sent to the Tangail General Hospital for autopsy and a case would be filed over the incident.

Meanwhile, in Sirajganj, another suspected drug peddler, Jahangir Hossain, 35, was killed during a “gunfight” with policenear the football field in Mahmudpur areaaround 3am on Saturday.

The deceased suspect was a resident of Rail Colony neighbourhood. He lived with his mother and two children.

Sirajganj Sadar police station OC Mohammad Daud told the Dhaka Tribune: “On a tip off that a well-organized criminal gang is dealing drugs, a team of law enforcers conducted a raid in the area. 

“Sensing police presence, the culprits opened fire at them, triggering a gunfight. Jahangir was shot and taken to a nearby hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. He was accused in seven cases.”

According to the police, Sub-Inspector Joydeb Saha, Constable Shahidul Islam and Aminul Islam were also injured during the gunfight. 

Law enforcement officials also seized 25 bottles of phensedyl, 105 yaba pills, one locally made pistol, and four bullets during the raid. 

In Chuadanga, police recovered the body of listed drug dealer Oltu Mandal, 32, from the Atkopat area in the Alamdanga upazila around 10am on Saturday.

The deceased was a resident of the upazila town’s Rail Station Para area and an accused in 18 drug cases, police said.

Alamdanga police station OC Abu Zihad Fakhrul Alam Khan said locals had spotted Oltu’sbullet-riddled body first and informed police.

Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital for an autopsy.

Police said Oltu might have been killed following an enmity over sharing of money earned through the drug business.

Oltu’s father Mohsin Ali, who identified the body in the morning, said his son had left home for the upazila town on Friday evening and did not return home.