• Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020
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3 killed in separate ‘gunfights’ in 3 districts

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The deceased were suspected robbers and drug peddler

Three individuals have been killed in separate "gunfights" with law enforcement members in three districts.

In Cox’s Bazar, a suspected Rohingya robber, also the prime accused in a murder case, has been killed in a "gunfight" with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Teknaf upazila.

The incident occurred in Teknaf’s Damdamia area around 5am on Friday.

The deceased was identified as Nurul Alam, 35. 

Confirming the matter, Cox’s Bazar RAB-15 Company Commander Maj Mehedi Hasan said: “A group of miscreants abruptly opened fire on a patrol team of ours when we challenged them in Damdamia area. When RAB men fired back in self-defence, most of the attackers fled the scene leaving one wounded on the spot. He died while being taken to hospital.”

“Later, RAB identified the deceased as Nurul Alam who is known as a Rohingya robber, and the prime accused in the case filed over the murder of Ansar Commander Ali Hossain,” he added. 

“Nurul was absconding for long time. His body has been handed over to Teknaf police station for autopsy,” Maj Mehedi furthered.

RAB also seized two foreign pistols, two magazines and 13 rounds of fresh bullets from the spot, he added. 

To be noted, an alleged Rohingya terrorist gang, led by Nurul Alam, carried out an attack on an Ansar camp guarding the Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp on the night of May 12 in 2015. During the attack, they killed Ansar Commander Ali Hossain and looted 13 firearms along with 600 rounds of bullets from the camp arsenal.

Later, RAB detained three Rohingya men and seized some of the looted arms and ammunitions after conducting a drive in the deep forest of Ghungdhum area near Myanmar border.

In Comilla, a suspected robber has been killed in a "gunfight" with members of Comilla Detective Branch (DB) and Police in Titas upazila.

The incident took place in Darikandi area on early Friday.

The deceased was identified as Md Al-Amin of Noagaon village of the upazila.

According to police sources, a robber gang snatched Tk58 lakh from a bKash service dealer after intercepting an auto-rickshaw near Darikandi bridge of Titas upazila Thursday morning. Later a case was filed and policemen, with the assistance of locals, detained Al Amin, a member of the robber gang, with Tk15 lakh after conducting several drives in the nearby areas.

DB Sub-Inspector (SI) Sahidul Islam, also the probe officer of the case, said: “A team of ours led by Comilla DB Officer-in-Charge (OC) Nasir Uddin Mridha conducted a drive Thursday night in a bid to detain the other members of the robber gang and recover the snatched cash. Al Amin was also present with the DB team at that time.”

“When the team reached Darikandi area, a group of robbers abruptly opened fire on them. The robbers also tried to snatch Al Amin from DB custody. The shootings triggered a gunfight as DB men fired back in self-defence. At one point, the robbers fled the scene leaving Al Amin wounded on the spot.”

“A revolver with two rounds of bullets was seized from the spot. Bullet-riddled Al Amin was taken to Comilla Medical College and Hospital where duty doctor declared him dead on arrival,” Sahidul added. 

Titas police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mohammad Ahsanul Islam said the deceased Al Amin was accused in several robbery cases filed with the station. Another fresh case was also being filed by DB over the incident.

In Khulna, a suspected drug peddler has been killed in a "gunfight" with police in Khulna city.

The incident occurred in Dighirpar area adjacent to Nirala graveyard in the city around 3:20am on Friday.

The deceased was identified as Masud Rana alias Masud, 35, of Basupara area under Sonadanga police station of the Khulna city. 

Confirming the matter, Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) Deputy Police Commissioner Moniruzzaman Mithu said: "Upon receiving information about a possible drug trade, police conducted a drive in the area. Sensing our presence, drug peddlers started shooting while prompted the police to return fire. The shootout left Masud dead on the spot.

“We also seized a pipe gun, a machete, a knife, 100 pieces of yaba pills, and Tk5,500 drug money from the spot. Deceased Masud was a listed drug trader and was accused in several cases filed with different police stations,” he added.