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9 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Two ‘drug traders’ killed in ‘gunfights’

UNB

Two suspected drug peddlers were killed in 'gunfights' between their cohorts and police in Rangpur and Thakurgaon districts yesterday, reports UNB. Besides, the bullet-hit body of a suspected drug peddler was recovered in Dinajpur. With this latest one, 112 people were killed in 'gunfights' with members of law enforcement agencies while 34 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battle between rival groups since May 15 last across the country. In Thakurgaon, ShamimHossain 42, son of Abdus Sattar of Bhabanandapur village, was killed in a so-called gunfight with police at Bhadreshwaribandar in Ranishankail upazila early Friday.

Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area in the early hours yesterday. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, they fired gunshots on police forcing them to fire back in self-defence, leaving Shamim dead on the spot, said Abdul Mannan, officer-in-charge of Ranishankoil Police Station.

He was wanted in several cases, including that of drugs. Two policemen were also injured in the incident, the OC said. He claimed that police recovered 340 pieces of Yaba tablets and two firearms from the spot.

In Rangpur, Abu Musa alias BishKalai, 26, was killed in a reported gun battle with police in Kukrul Bridge area in the city around 2:00 am, said Saidur Rahman, additional superintendent of Rangpur Police. Police also recovered 177 pieces of Yaba tablets, one pistol and 52 bottles of phensidyl from the spot.

In Dinajpur, police recovered the bullet-hit body of a suspected drug pusher from Kharipara in Sadar upazila around 2:45 am, said Redwanur Rahim, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station.

He might have killed in a ‘gunfight’ between two groups of drug peddlers, said police. One hundred bottles of phensidyl and one shutter gun were recovered from the spot.

Meanwhile, the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police arrested Joynul Abedin alias Pachu, 29, and his wife Farhana Akhter alias Papia, 25, allegedly the top drug dealers of Mohammadpur Geneva camp area in the capital.

They were arrested with huge quantities of yaba, firearms and explosives from the city’s Lalbagh area yesterday.

Recently, the couple went into hiding after the crackdown by law enforcement agencies on drug trade and they were located based on secret information, said CTTC officials.

There are several cases against them under the drugs and arms acts with several police stations in the capital including Mohammadpur and Motijheel, said police.

Law enforcement agencies launched a nationwide anti-drug drive following directives from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) launched its drive from May 4 while the police began a similar drive on May 18. Police said most of the top drug dealers are currently on the run to avoid getting arrested in the raids by law enforcing agencies.

Law enforcers said about 10,000 suspected drug traders have been either detained or arrested since the anti-narcotics drives into known drug dens or dealing spots across the country.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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