Both deceased were criminals wanted by the police
Dulal Abdullah, Rajshahi, and Shamima Rita, Narayanganj
Two suspected drug traders were killed in reported gunfights with police in the Rajshahi and Narayanganj districts in the early hours of Tuesday.
The deceased were identified as Amin, 35, hailing from Kashiadanga of Rajshahi and Biplab, 33, resident of Fatullah in Narayanganj.
Kashiadanga police station OC Mansur Ali Arif, said police conducted an anti-narcotics drive at Dam 5 of the Padma River around 3am.
Upon their arrival, a group of drug dealers opened fire at them, forcing them to fire back, triggering a gunfight, he said.
Later, police recovered Amin's body from the river, he said, adding that he might have drowned while fleeing as he bore no bullet injuries.
Two policemen were also injured during the gunfight and were given first aid at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, the police official said, adding that one shooter gun, two bullets and 79 bottles of phensedyl were recovered from the spot.
Al-Amin was accused in six cases, five of which are under the Narcotics Act, he added.
Meanwhile, Enamul Hoque, inspector of Detective Branch (DB) of police in Narayanganj, said acting on a tip-off, a special DB team conducted a drive at a microbus stand in Fatullah’s Chandmari around 3am.
Similarly, upon their arrival a group of drug dealers opened fire at them, forcing them to fire back in self-defence, triggering a gunfight, he said.
Later, Biplab was found dead at the spot, said the inspector, adding that he was accused in 14 cases filed with the Fatullah police station.
Three policemen were also injured in the gunfight, he added.