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2 ‘drug traders’ killed in ‘gunfights’

  • Published at 10:54 am August 28th, 2018
RAB Natore
Police seized arms, ammunition, and drugs in the driver conducted on August 28, 2018 Courtesy

The reported gunfights took place in Tongi and Natore  

Two suspected drug traders have been killed in separate “gunfights” with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in two districts.

In Natore, a suspected drug trader named Meher Ali was killed in a “gunfight” around 2:25am on Tuesday. 

Police said Meher, son of late Moslem Uddin of Eshwardi Baganpara area, was a top drug trader.

Confirming the matter, Natore RAB's acting Company Commander Assistant Superintendent of Police Ajmal Hossain said Meher was accused in 14 cases filed with different police stations—including a murder case.

He said: “Acting on a tip-off, we went to the area to conduct a drive. Upon seeing us, a gang of three to four people tried to flee the scene. They opened fire at us when we asked them to surrender.”

In retaliation, RAB’s patrolling team fired back—that left Meher injured. The others managed to flee the scene.

Meanwhile, two members of the elite force were also injured in the incident.

The RAB official said Meher was declared dead when brought to Lalpur Upazila Health Complex. 

He said one pistol, three rounds of bullets, one bullet shell, one magazine, 160 yaba pills, 62 bottles of phensedyl, and Tk462 cash, along with some other items, were recovered from the spot. 

In Gazipur, a 30-year-old suspected drug trader Shariful Islam was killed in a reported gunfight with members of the elite force, in Prottashar Math area of Tongi, around 3am.

RAB 1 Assistant Police Superintendant Mohammad Hanif confirmed the deceased’s identity to the Dhaka Tribune.

RAB 1 Deputy Commander Major Istiaq Ahmed said: “Four rounds of bullets, yaba tablets, and phensedyl bottles were also recovered during the drive.”