Four alleged criminals, including a ‘drug trader’, were killed in gunfights in Dhaka, Chattogram and Cumilla early on Monday.
In Dhaka, two suspected hijackers were killed in the gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the capital’s Hazaribagh Beribadh area.The deceased were identified as Munir, 46, and Giasuddin, 42.
According to sources, a gang of hijackers took away a covered van carrying nine tonnes of tea of Ispahani Tea Ltd from Sreemangal five to six days ago.
On receiving information that the gang would take the van to old part of Dhaka, a team of Rab-2 set up a checkpoint in front of Madhu City under Hazaribagh Police Station.
When the van approached the checkpoint around 2:45 am, the team challenged it.
Sensing danger, the hijackers opened fire on the law enforcers, prompting them to retaliate.
After a brief gunfight, the elite force recovered the bodies of van driver Munir and his helper Gias from the spot, said Superintendent of Rab-2 Mohiuddin Faruqi. They also recovered a pistol from the spot.Two Rab personnel were reportedly injured during the gunfight.
In Chattogram, Monsur, 40, a ‘hijacker’ on the list of Chattogram Metropolitan Police who also had eight cases filed against him, was killed in the alleged shoot-out with police in Pologround area under Kotwali Police Station.
Mohammad Mohsin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station, said that a team of police chased a gang of muggers when they snatched the bag of a woman from a CNG-powered auto-rickshaw in Tigerpass area.
When the auto-rickshaw carrying the hijackers reached Pologround area, they opened fire on police, triggering the gunfight.
After the gunfight, police rescued Monsur with gunshot wounds from the spot.
Later, he was taken to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
Police recovered a pistol, five bullet shells, three mobile phones and the auto-rickshaw from the spot.
In Cumilla, ‘drug trader’ Selim Miah, 45, son of Ali Ahmed, was killed in the gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Golabari in Sadar upazila around 1:00 am.
Lt Col Abu Mohammad Mohiuddin, commanding officer of BGB-10 battalion, said that a special team of BGB carried out a raid along the border area.
Sensing presence of the BGB team, the alleged drug traders fired shots at them, prompting the BGB to fire back.
During the shootout, Selim received gunshot wounds. Later, he was whisked off to Cumilla Medical College and Hospital where medics pronounced him dead. The BGB team also recovered 2000 Yaba pills.