A suspected robber was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between his cohorts and police at Katlamari filed on the Kushtia-Meherpur road in Mirpur upazila early Friday.
The deceased was identified as Nazmul Islam Sagar, 29, son of Nazrul Islam of Khalishakundi village in Doulatpur upazila.
Acting on secret information that a gang of 10-12 robbers were taking preparation to commit robbery on the Kushtia-Meherpur road by placing logs, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 2:15 am, said Jalal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Mirpur Police Station.
Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the robbers opened fire to police prompting the law enforcers to retaliate, triggering a gunfight.
Sagar sustained bullet injuries as he was caught in the line of fire that continued for half an hour.
Later police recovered Sagar and sent him to Mirpur Upazila Health Complex where doctorsdeclared him dead. Police sent the body to Kushtia GeneralHospital morgue for an autopsy.
Two police constables–Rezaul and Hasan– were injured during the gunfight.
Police also recovered a shutter gun, three rounds of bullets, a machine for cutting tree and two sharp weapons from the spot.
Sagar was wanted in several cases, including Jasad leader Panger murder case.
In another incidnt five alleged robbers were injured in a gunfight with police in Khajura area on Jessore – Magura highway of district town early Friday.
A patrol team of police, led by sub inspector Masudur Rahman of Khajura police camp, conducted a drive in the area around 3am and challenged a robber gang, said Ariful Haque, additional superintendent of police of Jessore Police Station.
Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the gang members opened fire towards them, prompting them to fire back that triggered a gunfight, leaving five injured with bullets.
Four police personnel were also injured during the gunfight.
The arrested robbers were undergoing treatment at Jessore Medical College Hospital under police custody, said Dr Abdur Rashid, medical officer, Jessore Medical College Hospital.
Police recovered three firearms, five jackets of DB police and some sharp weapons from the spot.- UNB