Police conducted a drive in the area on Saturday midnight on information that a large drug trade will take place
A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Santhia upazila of Pabna on Sunday.
The deceased, Abdus Sobhan, 48, was a drug trader and accused in 11 drug-related cases with various police stations.
Pabna Police Super Sheikh Rafikul Islam said they conducted a drive near Karamja graveyard on information that drugs were being traded there.
“When we reached the place, the drug traders opened fire on policemen, initiating a gunfight,” he said.
When the law enforcers retaliated, the criminals fled the spot leaving Sobhan severely injured, he said.
Later, Sobhan succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at a local hospital, police said.
Police also recovered a shotgun, one round bullet and two mobile phones from the spot.
“The body was sent to Pabna General Hospital for an autopsy,” said the official.