• Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019
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Suspected van hijackers among 4 killed in ‘gunfights’

Gunfight-Armed police
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The incidents occurred Sunday night and early Monday

Four people, including two covered van hijackers, a robbery accused and a drug trader, have been killed in reported gunfights in Dhaka, Chittagong and Comilla.

The incidents occurred on Sunday night and early Monday. 

In Dhaka, two suspected covered van hijackers have been killed in a reported “gunfight” with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) near a Beribadh checkpost in front of Modhu city in Hazaribagh.

The deceased are: driver Monir, 48, and his helper, Gias.

Meanwhile, two other RAB officials were also injured: Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) Kasem and ASI Nazrul Islam.

RAB 2 Superintendent of Police Mohiuddin Faruque told Dhaka Tribune that the “gunfight” was between the hijackers – the covered van driver and his helper – and RAB.

He said: “We set up three checkposts at Beribadh area. On a tip-off, we found out a covered van was coming from Old Dhaka.”

“The van driver and helper opened fire at us when we tried to stop the covered van as it was speeding across the checkpost,” he said.

The RAB official said the duo had hijacked the covered van, which contained tea, four to five days ago from Moulvibazar in Sylhet.

RAB seized seven tons of tea from the covered van.

In Chittagong, a man accused in several robbery cases has been killed in a reported gunfight with police at Polo Ground area, under Kotwali police station in the port city, around 11:30pm on Sunday.

The deceased is Md Monsur, 40, accused in four mugging cases lodged with different police stations in the city.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Kotwali police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mohammad Mohsin said: "A mugger targeted passengers on CNG-run autorickshaws. The on-duty police patrolling in the area followed him. At one stage, he opened fire at the police.”

"The police fired back in self-defence, triggering a gunfight. Later, a body was seen lying on the spot," he said. 

The on-duty doctor declared him dead after he was brought to Chittagong Medical College Hospital, the OC said.

In Comilla, a suspected drug trader has been killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) along Golabari border in Sadar upazila of Comilla on early Monday.

The deceased is Md Selim, 45, hailing from Comilla Sadar upazila.

Comilla BGB 10 Battalion Lance Naik Md Mohsin Miah told Dhaka Tribune: “Based on a tip-off, a BGB patrol team took position near the area. Realizing their presence, the drug traders opened fire at the patrol team, forcing them to retaliate in self-defense.”

He said that after the shooting, the drug traders all escaped the scene. However, after a search in the area, BGB found the bullet-riddled body of Selim. He was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital, where duty doctors declared him dead. 

They also found 2,020 yaba pills after searching Selim’s body, the BGB official added.