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Pediatrician murder suspect among 3 killed in separate 'gunfights'

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The incidents occurred on Wednesday

Three individuals, including a pediatrician murder suspect, have been killed in reported gunfights in Chittagong, Naogaon and Cox's Bazar districts.

The incidents occurred on Wednesday.

In Chittagong, a key suspect in the murder of a Saudi-returnee child specialist was killed in a reported gunfight with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong.

RAB 7 Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mahmudul Hasan Mamun said: "The gunfight took place between our patrol team and a group of armed miscreants at Uttar Banshbaria area around 3:30am."

The deceased is Nazir Ahmed Sumon alias Kalu, 26.

Two firearms, including a foreign-made pistol, and 27 rounds of bullets were also recovered from the spot.

The ASP said the pediatrician, Shah Alam, 61, was found dead with multiple injuries beside the Dhaka-Chittagong highway on October 18. A gang of muggers stabbed the physician to death inside a moving human hauler as he tried to resist them.

Dr Shah Alam set up his practice, Baby Care Private Limited, at Sitakunda’s Chhoto Kumira village after returning home two years ago. He previously served as the head of pediatric surgery department at Madina Maternity and Children’s Hospital in Saudi Arabia.

On October 22, RAB arrested the human hauler's driver and another accused in the murder, Omar Faruque, 19, from Chittagong railway station area.  

Faruque gave a confessional statement before Chittagong Judicial Magistrate Shiplu Kumar Dey and later, the court sent him to jail.

In Naogaon, a suspected drug trader named Mehedi Hasan, 32, was killed in a reported gunfight with Detective Branch (DB) of police, near Lodipur Khari bridge area in Shihara union of the district's Patnitala upazila early in the day.

Police claimed that he was wanted in various cases,for being involved with smuggling and drug trading, for a long time. 

Naogaon Superintendent of police Mannan Miah told Dhaka Tribune: "Acting on a tip-off about possible drug trade taking place in the area, we conducted a drive there."

He said the drug traders opened fire at them when law enforcement arrived at the spot, forcing the police to strike back in self-defence, triggering a gunfight. 

Mehedi got caught in the line of fire, and died on the spot while the rest of them managed to flee, the policeman added.

He also said three other police officials were injured in the incident. They were provided treatment at Patnitala Upazila Health Complex.

Police also recovered firearms and drugs from the spot.

In Cox's Bazar, a suspected robber, Mohammad Selim, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Keruntoli area under Hoaikong union of Teknaf upazila.

Selim, 24, is the son of Kadir Hossain from Chakmarkul area of the union.

Officer-in-Charge of Teknaf police station Pradip Kumar Das said: "Selim was arrested from his area on October 22.

"Based on his information, we went on a drive around 4am to recover weapons and drugs. When we reached the spot Selim's associates open fired at us, triggering the gunfight."

Selim sustained gunshot wounds and was admitted to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex, where duty doctors declared him dead.

His body was then sent to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital Morgue for autopsy and a case was filed in this regard.

Teknaf police Sub Inspector (SI) Arifur Rahman, constables Abdus Shukkur and Mehedi were also injured in the incident.

Police also recovered 1,000 yaba pills, a local made gun, six rounds of bullets and seven rounds of bullet-shells from the spot.