2 ‘criminals’ killed in ‘gunfights’

Staff Correspondent

3 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Two alleged criminals were killed in gunfights with law enforcers in Cox’s Bazar and Mymensingh on Monday.    

In Cox’s Bazar, a notorious pirate was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Moheshkhali upazila in the district early Monday.        

 The deceased was identified as Nurul Quader Rana, 34, son of Nurul Hoque of East Matarbari area under the upazila. RAB-7 Media Officer ASP Mashkur Rahman said acting on a tip-off that pirates of a gang were gathering at East Matarbari area, the RAB-men raided the area at around 4:30am.  Sensing presence of the elite crime busters, the criminals opened fire prompting the RAB-men to retaliate with bullet that triggered a gunfight, he said.

 At one stage, the criminals fled the scene and bullet-hit body of Rana was found lying on the spot, said Mashkur.  A total of seven firearms, including a foreign pistol and 63 rounds of bullet, were recovered from the spot after the gunfight, he said.

 Rana was an infamous pirate of the Bay of Bengal and accused of several cases filed on different charges, said the RAB officer. He was also the mastermind of robbery in two fishing trawlers in the Bay of Bengal on August 26, added Mashkur. 

In Mymensingh, an alleged autorickshaw lifter was killed in a reported gunfight with detectives at Badekolpa in the district town.  The deceased was identified as Khalil, 37, son of Abdul Jalil of Bakchala village in Fulbaria upazila.

Shah Kamal Akanda, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch (DB) of police, said being tipped off that a gang of auto-rickshaw thieves were selling stolen vehicles in the area a DB team raided the area around 1am.

Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the gang members opened fire on police, prompting them to fire back in self-defence that triggered a gunfight, the OC added.