An alleged forest robber was killed early yesterday in a gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Sharankhola range of Sundarbans in Bagerhat.
Lt Col Faridul Alam, Commander of RAB-8, claimed the deceased Khalil was the second-in-command of ‘Monir Bahini’.
Alam said on a tip-off, they raided Dorjar canal area around 5:30am while Khalil with his cohorts were preparing to commit robbery.
Sensing the presence of the elite force members, the robbers opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back that triggered a gunfight. Khalil was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot while other members of the gang managed to flee the spot.
“After they left, we went to the spot and found the body along with the weapons and other materials,” Alam also said.
The seizure list contains four double-barrelled shotguns, one single-barrelled gun, three sawed-off rifles, three light guns, an air-gun, various ammunition, sharp weapons, mobile phone and tokens for collecting ransom and protection money.