POST TIME: 23 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 May, 2018 01:34:30 AM
Crackdown on drug peddlers
11 more killed in ‘shootouts’
NHRC worried at deaths in ‘gunfights’

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With the countrywide crackdown on drug dealers continuing, 11 more alleged drug peddlers were killed in 'gunfights' with law enforcers in Chattogram, Feni, Cumilla, Brahmanbaria, Narayanganj, Netrakona, Chuadanga, Dinajpur and Nilphamari districts early yesterday, reports UNB. Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) yesterday voiced its concern over the killings of alleged drug traders.

According to reports reaching the UNB news desk, 40 people were killed in 'gunfights' across the country since May 12. In Chattogram, listed drug pusher Shukkur Ali, 45, was killed in a reported gun battle with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Debarpara under Bayazid Bostamy Police Station of the city around 2:30 am.

A Rab team conducted a drive in the area following a tip-off that gang of drug traders was staying there, said Assistant Superintendent of Police Mimtanur Rahman of Rab-7.

Sensing the presence of the elite force, the drug peddlers opened fire on them. The law enforcers then fired back, triggering the gun battle, which left Shukkur, an accused in 10 cases, dead on the spot.

The elite force team also recovered 10,000 Yaba tablets, a shooter-gun and huge hemp from the spot.

In Feni, listed drug trader Mohammad Manjurul Alam Manju, 49, was killed in a 'gunfight' with Rab members at Lemua of Sadar upazila early in the morning.

Squadron Leader Safayet Zamil Fahim of Rab-7 said the gunfight took place when they conducted a drive in the area based on secret information.

After the gunfight, they recovered the body of Manju from the spot along with 10,000 Yaba tablets, one foreign pistol, seven bullets and five magazines, he said.

Police also arrested Manju, accused in several cases filed with different police stations in Feni and Chattogram, in 2015 along with 5 lakh Yaba tablets.

In Cumilla, a reported gunfight with a joint team of law enforcers at Aranyapur in Sadar upazila around 12:40 am left two suspected drug peddlers -- Peyar Ali, 24, and Sharif, 26 -- dead. Tipped off, a team of police and

Detective Branch of police, led by Additional Police Superintendent Tanvir Salehin Sumon, conducted the drive in the area.

Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to retaliate which sparked the gunfight, said Abu Salam Miah, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station. After the gunfight, the team recovered the bodies of the duo and 400 bottles of Phensidyl, 50 kg of hemp, a pistol with two bullets and a Pajero jeep. Four policemen were also injured in the 'gunfight', police said.

In Brahmanbaria, Dhon Miah, 35, son of Hossain Miah of Morichakandi village in Bancharampur upazila, was killed in a reported gunfight with Rab-11 members at Sonarampur early in the morning.

The Rab team also arrested his wife Arjina Begum and recovered 11,700 Yaba pills, Tk 48,700 in cash, one pistol and a car.

In Narayanganj, a 'gunfight' with Rab at Shimultoli in Araihazar upazila early in the morning killed Bachchu Khan, a suspected drug trader.

In Netrakona, Amzad Hossain, 32, a suspected drug pusher and son of Ali Hossain of Paschim Nagra Gainpara in the district town, was killed in a purported gunfight with police at Boroari in Sadar upazila in the early hours.

Borhan Uddin, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said police arrested Amzad, who was wanted in 13 cases, from an unknown place around 2 am.

Later, a team of police conducted a drive along with him in the area at the dead of night. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the associates of Amzad opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back that triggered a gunfight. Five policemen, including the OC, were injured in the gunfight.

In Chuadanga, listed drug trader Kamruzzaman Sadu, 38, son of late Emdadul Haque of Hardi village in Alamdanga upazila, was killed in a so-called gunfight with police near Alamdanga Police Station around 1:30 am. Abu Zihad Fakhrul Alam Khan, officer-in-charge of Alamdanga Police Station, said a police team conducted a drive in the area being informed that a gang of drug peddlers was there. Sensing the presence of the police, the gang opened fire on them. The police also retaliated by firing back, unleashing the gun battle.

After half an hour of the 'gunfight', the law enforcers recovered the bullet-hit body of Sadu, an accused in 12 cases, from the spot along with a pistol, three bullets and a sack of Phensidyl. Four policemen were also injured during the 'gun battle'.

In Dinajpur, notorious drug trader Probal Hossain was killed in a 'gunfight' with police at Bhabanipurin Birampur upazila around 2:30 am. Abdus Sabur, officer-in-charge of Birampur Police Station, said they recovered 92 bottles of Phensidyl and a revolver along with three bullets from the spot. Two policemen were also injured in the gunfight, he added.

In Nilphamari, two suspected drug traders -- Shahin, 28, son of Abdul Hannan, and Jalil, 32, son of Yusuf, residents of Nichu Colony in Saidpur municipality area -- were killed in a reported gunfight with police in Badhyabhumi area early in the morning.

Golam Pasha, officer-in-charge of Saidpur Police Station, said a team of police in a drive arrested Shahin and Jalil at night.

Later, they conducted another drive along with the duo to arrest other drug traders.

When the team reached the area, their cohorts opened fire on the law enforcers, prompting them to fire back, triggering the gunfight which left the duo dead on the spot. Later, police recovered 100 Yaba tablets, some bottles of Phensidyl syrup and a pistol from the spot. Two policemen were also injured in the 'gunfight', the OC added.

Meanwhile, voicing concern over the killings of suspected drug traders in reported gunfights with members of law enforcement agencies across the country, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday said it does not support any extrajudicial killing.

Quoting reports published in newspapers, it said nine suspected drug peddlers were killed and some law enforcers injured in purported gunfights that took place between drug traders and members of law enforcement agencies on Monday during the anti-drug operation across the country.

NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque in a statement said, "Drug abuse is a deadly addiction and a national enemy. There's no alternative to freeing the country from drugs to gift a good future generation to the nation. To free the country from the drug abuse, everyone must take all-out efforts alongside the government ones to create a social movement."

He underscored the need for bringing drug traders to book and meting out exemplary punishment to them. The NHRC chief also said members of the law enforcement agencies will have to conduct anti-drug drives keeping the human rights and the existing laws of the country in mind. "Special attention needs to be given so that no innocent person is harmed during the drive."