• Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018
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5 'drug peddlers' killed in 'gunfights' in 4 districts

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A huge amount of illegal drugs, weapons, ammunition and other contraband were also seized during the raid conducted across the country

Five suspected drug peddlers have been killed in so-called gunfights in four districts across Bangladesh. 

In Lakshmipur, a listed drug peddler named Md Sohel Rana alias Suraiya Sohel was killed in a “gunfight” with police in the Raipur area of Lakshmipur.

The incident took place in Singerpool area, near the Raipur-Chandpur Highway in the early hours of Wednesday.

Raipur police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Azizur Rahman confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, saying that two policemen were also injured during the incident.

According to local police, law enforcers arrested Sohel at the Jhumur Cinema Hall area of Lakshmipur on Tuesday. 

Police took the suspect with them while they raided an abandoned building in the Singerpool area around 3am on Wednesday, in search of yaba tablets—a banned narcotic.

Sensing a police presence, Sohel’s cohorts began firing at them, triggering a “gunfight.” 

Police claimed that the suspect was injured by his associate’s gunfire, while attempting to escape. 

Sohel was initially taken to Raipur Upazila Health Complex, and then shifted to sadar hospital, where the on-duty doctor declared him dead on arrival. 

Police seized: one handgun, three bullets, six bullet shells and 300 yaba tablets from the scene.

Sohel was accused in a total of 22 cases, filed over charges of: peddling illegal narcotics, robbery, extortion, and assaulting women.

In Kushtia, two suspected drug dealers, belonging to the same family, have been killed in a “gunfight” with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in the Mirpur area of Kushtia. 

The deceased are uncle-nephew duo Futu alias Monna, 35, and Rasel Ahmed, 30. The incident occurred near Zoardar Brick Kiln in the early hours of Wednesday.

Confirming the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, RAB 12, Kushtia Camp Company Commander Mohaiminul said: “We launched a drive after receiving a tip off that a gang of drug peddlers have gathered at a local brick kiln to engage in drug trade.

“As the RAB team approached the area, the culprits began firing at them. Two suspects were injured in the ensuing gunfight. The duo was taken to Kushtia General Hospital where the on-duty doctor pronounced them dead on arrival.”

He added that the rest of the gang was able to evade capture, and two RAB men were injured in the incident.

One 9mm pistol, one locally-made gun, two cartridges, 12 bullets, 40 litres of liquor, 1,500 yaba pills, and 230 bottles of phensedyl were also seized from the area. 

RAB later confirmed the identity of the deceased suspects as notorious drug peddlers. Their bodies have been sent to Kushtia General Hospital for autopies. 

In Natore, a suspected narcotics dealer has been killed in a “gunfight” with the RAB in the Bahimali area of Natore. 

Natore RAB Company Commander Shibli Mostafa confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

The deceased is Osman Ali, 32, a native of Baraigram upazila. 

The RAB officer said: “A RAB team was passing through the Bahimali area as part of its routine patrol around 11:40pm on Tuesday. Alerted by the presence of unidentified people, and lights on Bhatupara Road, the team tried to approach them.

“However, the culprits began shooting at the team, triggering a gunfight that continued for at least five minutes. One of the suspects was injured and the others fled the scene.”

Shibli added that the injured suspect was declared dead on arrival by an on-duty doctor after he was taken to Baraigram Upazila Health Complex. Two RAB men were also injured during the “gunfight.”

Responding to a query, Shibli Mostafa said the RAB team seized one 7.62mm pistol, a magazine with four bullets, one bullet shell, 410 grams of heroin, one mobile phone charger, two gas lighters, two packs of cigarettes, seven sandals, and Tk1,410 in cash from the scene.

According to RAB, Osman is one of the top drug peddlers in the region, and he was wanted in five cases related to illegal narcotics and extortion. 

In Dhaka, 35-year-old Nur Hossain Nuru, a suspected drug trader, was killed in a reported gunfight with Detective Branch (DB) of Police around 3am at Deushur in Keraniganj upazila of Dhaka district.

He was wanted in 12 criminal cases, reports UNB.

Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of DB police, said the “gunfight” took place near Diamond Melamine Factory, from where police also recovered a firearm and 35 pieces of yaba tablets.