A suspected drug trader was killed in what the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called a gunfight at Mirkadim in Munshiganj early Wednesday, reports news agency UNB.
Being tipped off that a group of drug traders were thronged in the area, a team of RAB-11 conducted a drive in the area around 3:45am, said Muhitul Islam, assistant director of RAB-11 to say.
The deceased was identified as Malek Abdul, 45, son of Shawkat Ali Bepari of Dakkhin Islampur in the district town.
According to the law enforcers’ accounts, the gunfight ensued after the cohorts of the victims opened fire on the law enforcers and the latter retaliated in their self defence when the law enforcers were conducting drives.
At one stage, the elite force members found Malek with bullet wounds and took him to Munshiganj General Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.
Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.
Malek was wanted in 11 cases filed with different police stations, said Alamgir Hossain, officer-in-charge of sadar police station.
The RAB members also recovered one pistol, one magazine, three bullets, Tk 2500 in cash and 800 Yaba tablets from the spot.
Malaysia-based newspaper New Straits Times, quoting rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra, reported that around 200 people were killed till July since the anti-drug crackdown in May.