POST TIME: 11 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 11 July, 2018 01:51:20 AM
4 ‘criminals’ killed in ‘gunfights’

4 ‘criminals’ killed in ‘gunfights’

Four suspected drug traders and robbers were killed in separate gunfights in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Rangpur and Sundarbans yesterday, reports UNB. Two suspected drug traders were killed in separate gunfights with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Mirpur of the city and Narayanganj early yesterday.

In Dhaka, suspected drug trader Ibrahim Pilot Babu, 35, was killed in a reported gunfight with the elite force members in Beribadh area around 4am. RAB members also recovered arms, bullet and a huge quantity of drugs from the spot. In Narayanganj, Nadim, 25, a suspected notorious drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with RAB members in Rupganj around 2:30am. Sources at the RAB headquarters confirmed the incidents. Meanwhile, in Rangpur, a suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight with

police in Hajirhat area of the Rangpur city early yesterday.

The deceased was identified as Belal Ahmed, 40, son of Ishhak Ahmed of Uttam Betarpara area and wanted in 18 cases including murder and robbery.

Muktarul Alam, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Kotwali Police Station, said on information that a gang of robbers was taking preparation for committing robbery in the area, a team of police raided there around 3am.

Sensing the presence of police, the robbers opened fire on them, forcing the law enforcers to fire back in self-defence, triggering the gunfight.

The gunfight left the robber dead on the spot, said the OC adding that eight policemen were also injured.

Police also recovered a pistol and two sharp weapons from the spot.

In Sundarbans, a suspected forest robber was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Aambaria area under Swarankhola range of Sundarbans in Bagerhat yesterday morning, adds UNB.

Identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.

RAB Barisal-8 Deputy Commander Sajibul Islam said a RAB team carried out a drive in the area around 5:00am.

Sensing the presence of the Rab personnel, members of the robbers’ gang opened fire on them, forcing the RAB members to retaliate that triggered a gunfight, he said.

Several gunshots were traded between the gang and RAB members during the 25-minute gun battle. One robber was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot, the commander added.

The RAB team also recovered three firearms and 23 rounds of bullets from the spot. RAB handed over the body to the police and then it was sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy, said Kabirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Swarankhola Police Station.

Two cases were filed against unknown robbers with the police station in this connection, the OC added. With the latest deaths, at least 129 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.