POST TIME: 24 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM
8 more ‘drug peddlers’ killed in ‘gunfights’

8 more ‘drug peddlers’ killed in ‘gunfights’

With the nationwide drive against drugs continuing, eight more suspected drug peddlers were killed in reported 'gunfights' in Cumilla, Jamalpur, Kushtia, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Thakurgaon early yesterday, reports UNB.

According to reports, 49 people were killed in 'gunfights' across the country since May 12. Of Wednesday's deceased, two each were killed in Kushtia while one each in Cumilla, Jamalpur, Rangpur, Gaibandha and Thakurgaon districts.

Terming the killing of drug traders in 'gunfights' as 'extrajudicial ones', different human rights bodies demanded an end to such killings in the name of anti-narcotics drive.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday said it does not support any extrajudicial killing. Expressing its deep concern over the killings, Naripokkho in a statement on Wednesday said the aggression of drugs cannot be resisted by killing people. Everyone involved in drug production, import, distribution and giving shelter to those should be brought under trial, it said.

However, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday reiterated that law enforcers were forced to use firearms in self-defence.

In Cumilla, Nurul Absar Isa, a top listed drug peddler, was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and police in Gumti embankment area of Adarsha Sadar upazila early Wednesday.

Police arrested Nurul on Tuesday and police, following the information provided by him, conducted a drive in the area to recover drugs, said Abu Salam, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Model Police Station.

Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the associates of Nurul opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back that triggered a gunfight.

Nurul was wanted in seven cases filed with different police stations, said the OC.

In Jamalpur, a suspected drug peddler was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Sankanda in the municipality area, said Nasimul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.

The deceased was identified as Mosharraf Hossain Bidyut, 40, son of Nizam Uddin of Bagbaid village.

In Rangpur, Shaheen, 45, an alleged drug peddler, and son of Shahidur alias Sirajul Islam of Abhirampur Sukanchaki village in the city, was killed in a so-called gunfight with police in Hazirhat Bridge area in the city around 2 am. Saifur Rahman, additional superintendent of Rangpur police, said the gunfight took place as a patrol team of police went there after receiving information of drug dealing in the area. Police also recovered one pistol and 129 bottles of Phensidyl from the spot.

In Gaibandha, Raju Mia, a listed drug peddler and son of Abdul Jabbar of Raigram in Polashbari upazila, was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Bisramgachchi village in the upazila early in the morning.

In Kushtia, Fatik alias Gaffar, 37, an alleged drug peddler, was killed in what police said a gunfight at Lahini Para in the district town. Tipped off that some drug traders gathered in the area, a police team conducted a drive there to arrest them, said Abdul Khaleque, officer-in-charge of Kumarkhali Police Station.

Sensing presence of the law enforcers, they opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back that led to a gunfight, police said. Five policemen were injured during the gunfight, said the OC.

Police also recovered a firearm, one bullet, 700 pieces of Yaba pill and 500 grams of hemp from the spot.

Besides, Aminul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bheramara Police Station, said Liton Sheikh, 40, son of Golbar Sheikh of Naudapara village, was killed in a gunfight near Hawakhali Brick field in the upazila early in the morning.

Police also recovered an LG gun, three bullets, 500 pieces of Yaba tablet and some heroin from the spot.

In Thakurgaon, Aftabul, 38, a suspected drug trader and son of Belsa Mohammd of Parua village in Baliadangi upazila, was killed in a purported gunfight with police at Bhatarmari on Thakurgaon-Pirganj road early Wednesday.

Aftabul was wanted in 20 cases, including 15 drug-related ones, said AKM Sajedul Islam, officer-in-charge of Baliadangi Police Station. Police recovered 100 bottles of phensedyl syrup from his possession, he added.

In Lalmonirhat, Eshar Ali,35, a suspected inter-district drug trader, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between police and his cohorts at Wabda Bazar in Kulaghat union in the district.

Police said when they challenged a group of drug traders while carrying drugs by a boat, they opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back that led to a gunfight. Eshar Ali was caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet wounds. Later, he died at sadar hospital, they said.