Another two suspected drug traders were injured in Comilla
Six people have been killed and another two injured in reported gunfights in Comilla and the Sundarbans.
The incidents occurred early on Wednesday.
In the Sundarbans, four suspected members of a notorious pirate group called Hasan Bahini, including its ringleader, have been killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).
The incident occurred near Jongla Khal area in the Chandpai range of the Sundarbans East Zone.
Among the deceased, only the ringleader Hasan has been identified. The identities of the remaining members could not yet be determined.
Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, RAB 8 Additional Superintendent of Police Md Tajul Islam said: “A RAB patrol team was making its usual rounds near the area when it came face-to-face with the Hasan Bahini members.”
Upon realizing the presence of the elite force members, the pirates opened fire at them, forcing them to retaliate, thus triggering a gunfight, the RAB official stated.
He said RAB members found four bodies on the scene after their exchange of fire. The ringleader of the Hasan Bahini was among them.
RAB also recovered 11 firearms and a large amount of ammunition from the spot.
In Comilla, two suspected drug peddlers were killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) at Natapara area near Chauddagram upazila, and two others were injured in another reported gunfight at Bouara Bazar near Sadar upazila on Tuesday night.
The deceased are Rubel, and Selim, 36, hailing from Chauddagram upazila; the injured are Bokul from Narayanganj and Abdul Karin from Kurigram.
BGB 10 Commander Lt Colonel Abu Mohammad Mohiuddin said: “Selim and Rubel were enlisted in the police and BGB database as drug traders. Based on a tip-off that a few drug traders were staying in the area, we conducted a drive at Natapara.”
Realizing the presence of the police, drug traders opened fire at BGB members, forcing them to strike back in self-defence, thus triggering a gunfight, which left Selim and Rubel injured. However, the rest of them escaped.
The injured were then taken to Chauddagram Upazila Health Complex, where the on-duty doctors declared him dead. Meanwhile, a case was filed with Chauddagram police station in this regard, the BGB official added.
BGB also recovered 2,155 yaba tablets from the spot.
Lt Colonel Mohiuddin confirmed that two drug traders were injured in another reported gunfight the previous night. Later, they were taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital.