According to police, Ali and his wife Nupur were arrested on Monday evening from Projapotir Char when they were preparing for a robbery
A suspected robber was killed in an alleged gunfight with police on Tuesday in Kutilar char of Islampur upazila, Jamalpur.
The deceased, Mohammad Ali, 45, was a former union parishad member. He was accused in 12 different charges including murder, robbery, arms, and narcotics cases.
According to police, Ali and his wife Nupur were arrested on Monday evening from Projapotir Char when they were preparing for a robbery.
Acting on his information, a team of police conducted a drive in different sites of the area late at night on Tuesday, and recovered an illegal revolver, local weapons, and 500 yaba pills.
When the team was returning back to the station, some of Ali's associates opened fire at the police and police fired back in retaliation.
The incident eventually led to Ali's death.
Confirming the incident, OC Abdullah Al Mamun of Islampur police station said: "When the perpetrators attacked police, Ali was hit by a bullet at some point during the incident. He was taken to the upazila health complex, where the on-duty doctor declared him dead.
"An assistant sub-inspector of police and two constables were also injured in the attack; they are under treatment," the OC added.
The family of the deceased claimed Ali was innocent, while locals said he was a kingpin of the local robber gang and they are relieved that law enforcement officials are finally taking steps to enforce law and order in the area.
Wishing anonymity, some locals alleged these robber groups control the whole area.
"Ali's death may lead to conflicts among robbers who want to establish supremacy in the area. The locals are scared and hope that law enforcement officials ensure their safety," one local said.