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Outlawed party leader killed, Jamaat activist injured in ‘gunfight’

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A regional leader of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Bhanga Bottoil in Mirpur upazila early Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Palash Malitha, 28, regional leader of (ML-Lal Pataka), a faction of the PBCP and son of Abul Malitha of Khamarpara village in the upazila.Kazi Jalal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Mirpur Police Station, said acting on secret information that a gang of outlawed party men were taking preparation to commit robbery on the Kushtia-Meherpur road by placing logs in the area, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 1:30 am.
Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, Palash along with his associates opened fire on police, prompting the law enforcers to fire back, triggering a gunfight.
At one stage, Palash was caught in the line of fire and injured while his associates managed to flee.
Later police recovered Palash and rushed him to a local hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Police recovered a shutter gun and three rounds of bullet from the spot.
Palash was wanted in several cases, including for murder, extortion and explosion with Mirpur Police Station.
In another incident an activist of Jamaat-e-Islami was injured in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Ghonatala in Debhata upazila early Saturday.
The victim was identified as Nurul Amin, 45, an activist of Debhata unit Jamaat-e-Islami and son of Akbar Ali Gazi of Garanbaria village.
Tipped off that some activists of Jamaat-Shibir men were gathering in Ghonatala area for carrying out subversive activities, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 2.00am, said Kamal Hossain, sub-inspector of Debhata Police Station.
Sensing the presence of police, the Jamaat-Shibir men hurled bombs at them, prompting the law enforcers to take action, triggering a gunfight.
At one stage, Nurul Amin sustained bullet injuries during the gunfight.
Later police rescued him and rushed him to sadar hospital while his associates escaped the scene.
Police also recovered a sharp weapon and two iron rods from the spot. – UNB

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