Three suspected criminals, including the ringleader of a forest robber gang, were killed in three reported gunfights with police and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the capital Dhaka, Jhenidah and Khulna districts early Friday, agencies report.
In the capital, an alleged drug peddler was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between his cohorts and members of Rab in the city’s Kadamtoli area early Friday. The deceased was identified as Delwar Hossain Liton, 35, a resident of the area.
On secret information that a group of drug peddlers were gathering in the area for selling drugs, a team of Rab-10 conducted a raid near WASA around 4:15 am, said Jahangir Hossain Matabbar, commanding officer of Rab-10.
Sensing the presence of the elite force, the drug peddlers opened fire and hurled brick chips to them, prompting the law enforcers to retaliate, triggering a gunfight.
At one stage, Liton was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot. Rab also recovered one pistol, 510 pieces of Yaba tablet, one round of bullet and a sharp weapon from the spot.
In Khulna, a ringleader of a forest robber gang was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between his cohorts and police at Kharkharia in the Sundarbans of Koyra upazila early Friday.
Sheikh Samsher Ali, officer-in-charge of Koyra Police Station, said police arrested Anwarul Sana, 45, the ringleader of forest robber gang ‘Anwar Bahini’, son of Jihad Ali from Koyra Sadar bus stand area on Thursday afternoon.
Later police along with Anwarul conducted a raid in Kharkharia River area inside the Sundarbans to recover forearms. At one stage, the associates of Anwarul opened fire to police, prompting them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight.
Anwarul was caught in the line of fire and wounded. Later he was taken to the upazila health complex where doctors declared him dead. Three policemen were also injured in the gunfight. Police also recovered one gun, two sharp weapons and five cartridges from the spot. Anwarul was wanted in ten several cases, said the OC.
In Jhenidah, Shahidul Islam Pancha, 42, a leader of a notorious terrorist gang, ‘Pancha Bahini’ and son of Torab Ali, was killed in a shootout between his cohorts and members of Rab at Falsi village in Harinakundu upazila early Friday.
Tipped off, a patrol team of Rab raided the Battala area of the village where a gang of criminals were holding a meeting around 2.00am. Sensing the presence of the elite force, the criminals opened fire to police forcing them to fire back, triggering a gunfight.
At one stage, Rab members recovered Pancha with bullet injuries and he was rushed to Harinakundu Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead.
He was wanted in 11 cases.