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4 more lives lost in alleged gunfights

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Four people were killed in reported gunfights with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police in Jhenaidah, Mymensingh and Gaibandha districts early Sunday, reports UNB.

Among the deceased, three were suspected drug traders while another person was claimed by the law enforcement as a robber.

With the deaths of three drug suspects, at least 127 people were killed in what the law enforcement called gunfights with them while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups since the countrywide anti-narcotic drives began on 15 May.

Two suspected drug traders — Sazzadur Rahman and Abdur Razzak — were killed in a reported gunfight with RAB members in Pobhati of the district town in Jhenaidah, .

On secret information, a team of the force raided a house in the area around 2:00am, said RAB-6 company commander senior superintendent of police Golam Morshed.

Sensing presence of the RAB members, the drug traders opened fire on the law enforcement, forcing them to fire back in self-defence, triggering the gunfight, he said.

After the gunfight, the RAB members recovered the bullet-hit bodies from the spot, Golam Morshed said. Two RAB members were also injured in the gunfight, he claimed.

They seized two one-shooter guns, 55 bottles of phensedyl and 152 pieces of yaba tablet from the spot.

Faruk Miah, 31, a suspected drug trader, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Atharbari area of Ishwarganj upazila around 2:15am.

On information that a gang of drug traders gathered in the area for sharing drug money, a team of police conducted the drive, said Ishwarganj police station officer-in-charge Ahmed Kabir.

Sensing presence of the police, the drug traders hurled brick chips and opened fire on them.

The policemen fired back in self-defence, triggering the gunfight, leaving Faruk injured with bullet, the OC said.

The injured was rushed to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead, he added.

Besides, police detained 59 people from the district during their anti-drug drives.

In another incident, a suspected robber was killed in an alleged gunfight with police in Sakoa area of Palashbari upazila.

The deceased is Shamsul Haque, a resident of Satarpara area.

Police arrested Shamsul on Saturday afternoon, said Gaibandha sadar police station officer-in-charge Mohammad Shahriar.

Later, police conducted a drive along with Shamsul around 2:00am.

When the team reached the area, Shamsul’s cohorts attacked police and opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back in self-defence, triggering the gunfight, the OC said.

The gunfight left Shamsul injured with bullets.

The injured was taken to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

Six policemen were also injured in the gunfight, OC Shahriar said.

Prothom Alo, however, couldn’t verify the law enforcement’s claim independently.

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