Two suspected drug dealers were killed in separate shootouts with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Feni on Wednesday.
The deceased were identified as Kabir Hossain, 37, hailed from Ichchhapur village in Shahrasti upazila of Chandpur and Sumon alias Lal Sumon, 32, hailed from Dharmapur union in Feni.One of the shootouts took place on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway at Lemua in Feni on early in the morning while the other took place in Sultanpur area, said RAB-7 Camp Company Captain Squadron Leader Shafayet Jamil Fahim.
He told that a Dhaka-bound covered van from Teknaf was trying to flee through a regional route avoiding a RAB checkpoint at Lemua.
The criminals opened fire on RAB when the elite force chased them.
Then, the RAB fired back, he said.
Kabir was found wounded and rushed to Feni Sadar Hospital, where the doctors declared him dead.
RAB recovered 80,000 Yaba tablets, a shotgun and seven bullets from the scene.In another incident, a RAB team conducted an operation at Sultanpur after receiving information that Sumon was preparing a large drug shipment, Fahim said.
“Sensing the presence of RAB in Bhandari Pukur Par area, Sumon opened fire on them. The elite force retaliated in self-defence. Sumon was hit by bullets during the gunfight.”
He was taken to Feni Sadar Hospital, where the doctors declared him dead, the RAB official said.
Sumon was named in 12 cases, including three drug trafficking charges, filed with Feni Model Police Station, he added.
A pistol, a revolver, a shotgun, ammunition and 4,000 Yaba tablets were recovered from the scene