Five suspected criminals, including four ‘drug dealers’, were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with law enforcers in Keraniganj, Kushtia, Natore and Lakshmipur on Tuesday night and early Wednesday.
In Keraniganj, Nur Hossain Nuru, 35, a ‘drug trader’, died in a gunfight with Detective Branch (DB) of police at Deushur in the upazila on the outskirts of the capital around 3:00am.Nuru was wanted in 12 criminal cases filed with different police stations, police said.
Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of DB police, said the gunfight took place near Diamond Melamine Factory and police recovered a firearm and 35 pieces of yaba tablets from the spot.
In Kushita, two suspected drug traders — Phutu alias Monna, 35, son of Ahmed Ali, and his nephew Russel Ahmed, 30, son of Rabiul Islam of Razarhat intersection — were killed in a gunfight with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Ananda Bazar in Mirpur upazila in the wee hours of Wednesday.
Acting on a tip-off that a gang of drug traders were gathering in the area for drug-related business, a team of Rab-12 conducted a drive there, said Md Mohaiminul, commanding officer of RAB-12.
Sensing the presence of RAB members, the criminals opened fire on them forcing the law enforcers to fire back that left two people injured with bullets.
Later, the two persons were taken to Kushtia General Hospital where doctors declared them dead.RAB recovered two firearms, two cartridges, 12 bullets, 40 litres of liquor, 1,500 pieces of yaba tablets and 230 bottles of phensidyl syrup from the spot.
In Natore, Osman Goni, a ‘drug trader’, was killed in a gunfight with RAB members at Bahimali area in Baraigram upazila on Tuesday night.
Commanding officer of RAB-5, Major Shiblee Mostafa, said sensing the presence of some criminals, RAB members challenged them and asked them to surrender.
At one stage, the criminals opened fire on the law enforcers prompting them to fire in self-defence around 11:35pm, he said.
After a brief gunfight, the elite force recovered the body of Osman.
In Laxmipur, a suspected robber was killed in a gunfight between his cohorts and police at Charpata in Laxmipur upazila early Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Sohel, 26, son of Abdul Monaf of Raipur upazila. He was wanted in 19 criminal cases, including for murder and robbery.
Azizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Raipur Police Station, said a team of police arrested Sohel from Jhumur Cinema Hall area of the district town on Tuesday afternoon.
Later, police along with Sohel conducted a drive on Raipur-Chandpur highway to arrest his associates around 3:00am.
Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the robbers opened fire on police forcing them to fire back.
At one stage, Sohel sustained bullet injuries during the gunfight. He was later taken to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead. Two policemen were also injured during the incident.
One LG gun, three bullets and 300 yaba pills were recovered from the spot.