Three suspected criminals, including two drug dealers, were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with law enforcers in Cox’s Bazar and Dhaka on Tuesday.
In Cox’s Bazar, Mirza Mohammad Nizam Uddin, 30, and Ratan Rudra, 25, two suspected drug traders who hailed from Lohagara upazila of Chattogram district, died in a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Panerchara in Ramu upazila in the morning.Four pistols and 4.5 lakh yaba tablets were also recovered from the spot after the gunfight, RAB said.
Major Mehedi Hasan, company commander (Cox’s Bazar camp) of RAB-7, said a team of the elite force was searching vehicles by setting up a check post on a road in the morning.
As the force signalled the driver of a motor van carrying oil from Teknaf to halt, its driver tried to cross the check post quickly, he said.
RAB chased the motor van and the criminals inside the vehicle opened fire on RAB members, prompting the elite force to fire back, he said.
During the gunfight, two members of the gang sustained bullet wounds while other criminals managed to flee the scene.
The injured were rushed to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where doctors declared them dead.In the capital, an unidentified criminal was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with detective police in Khilgaon Bazar area on Tuesday.
Khandakar Nurun Nabi, deputy director (east) of the detective branch (DB) of police, said a team of detective personnel went to Khilgaon Bazar area following information that a group of criminals gathered there to commit a crime.
Sensing the presence of detective police, the criminals opened fire on them, forcing the law enforcers to retaliate in self-defence.
At one stage, the unidentified criminal sustained bullet injuries. He was later taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where the doctors declared him dead. A pistol was recovered from the spot.