The deceased was identified as Asim Roy
A suspected drug dealer has been killed in a reported gunfight with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Chittagong.
The incident occurred at the Muradpur rail-crossing area, within the purview of Panchlaish police station, on Thursday night.
The deceased was identified as Asim Roy.
RAB-7 Commanding Officer Lt Colonel Miftah Uddin Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune: "Acting on a tip-off, RAB set up a check post at Muradpur area and began searching the vehicles. At that time, a blue-coloured vehicle, coming from Oxygen intersection, was signaled to pull over.
"However, the drug dealers opened fire on the RAB members, prompting them to retaliate, which triggered a gunfight."
The commanding officer said some of the drug dealers on board managed to escape, however, a body was later recovered from the spot. Four members of RAB were injured in the shootout and three were sent to Dhaka Combined Military Hospital (DCMH) for treatment.
The remaining injured, Squadron Leader Safayet Jamil Fahim, was critically injured by a gunshot to the stomach and is still undergoing emergency treatment at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).
The recovered body has also been sent to CMCH for an autopsy.
Later in the day, RAB Director General (DG) Benazir Ahmed visited the three injured RAB officials at DCMH.
Regarding the condition of Squadron Leader Safayet, the RAB DG said doctors had begun operating on his injury at CMCH, and he would be brought to DCMH if his condition improved or it was deemed necessary.
The RAB DG further said that 12,000 yaba pills, a foreign pistol, some bullets and a mobile phone were recovered from the car abandoned by the shooters.
He added that this was the first time RAB had suffered significant casualties since the ongoing anti-drug operations began five months ago, and urged the people to give their blessings for the injured law enforcement officials.
"Drug traders are changing their strategies and routes because of the anti-drug operations. Yaba is more rare and costly now, and many drug users are going into rehabilitation. Our war on drugs will continue, and we will be more forceful and strong. Despite our members having been injured, we are not afraid," Benazir Ahmed said.