Three killed in ‘gunfights’ in as many districts

Three killed in ‘gunfights’ in as many districts

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Dhaka – Three suspects 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. Police said they included the ringleader of a forest robber gang, UNB news agency reported.In the capital Dhaka, an alleged drug peddler was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between his cohorts and members of Rab in the 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 at 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 recovered one pistol, 510 pieces of Yaba pill, one round of bullet and a sharp weapon from the spot.
In Khulna, an alleged ringleader of a forest robber gang was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between his group 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 firearms.
At one stage, the associates of Anwarul opened fire on police, prompting them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight, police said adding. 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, Samsher Ali said.
Police 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 on 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.

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