Two RAB members and three policemen were injured in the incidents
Two suspected drug traders have been killed in two separate “gunfights” in Dhaka and Cox's Bazar.
In Dhaka, a suspected drug trader named Alam alias Gaja Alam has been killed in an alleged gunfight with a team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).
The incident took place in Uttara’s Diyabari area around 2:15am on Wednesday.
RAB said Alam was a notorious drug trader and was wanted in 16-to-17 drug related cases.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Md Kamruzzaman told Dhaka Tribune: "Acting on a tip-off, a patrol team of RAB conducted a drive in the area.
“The drug traders opened fire at us when the patrolling team challenged them. In retaliation, RAB officials fired back.”
He said Alam was injured in the incident while five of his associates fled the scene.
“We sent him to Tongi General Hospital, where the on-duty doctor declared him dead," he added.
RAB seized: three kilograms of cannabis, a foreign-made pistol, one round of bullets and a magazine from the scene.
The ASP said two members of RAB were also injured in the incident.
In Cox's Bazar, a suspected yaba trader has been killed in a “gunfight” with police in Teknaf upazila.
Mohammad Prakash Dilu, 36, alias Dil Mohammad was killed during the “gunfight”—at an abandoned fish hatchery in Cox Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive area—around 12am on Tuesday.
Teknaf police station Officer-in-Charge Pradip Kumar Das told Dhaka Tribune: "We detained Dil Mohammad around 5pm on Tuesday. He was a listed yaba trader and was also wanted in many cases.”
He said: "Based on his information, we conducted a drive at the abandoned fish hatchery to recover ammunition and drugs that he had been storing there.
“Upon seeing us, his associates opened fire on us. In retaliation, we fired back.
Later, Dil Mohammad’s body was recovered from the spot while his associates managed to flee the scene.
Three policemen—sub-inspectors (SI) Sajib Dutt and Babul, and Constable Ibrahim—were injured in the incident.
Police recovered six pistols, 13 rounds of cartridges, and 7,000 yaba pills from the spot.
Dil Mohammad’s body has been sent to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy, the OC said.