Police claimed two leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami were killed in a gunfight with the law enforcers in Jhenaidah early Tuesday.
The deceased were identified as Jahurul Islam, 48, son of Shamsher Ali of Disharipara, and Sajib Ahmed Tarik, 36, son of Khondaker Abdul Latif of Arappur in Jhenaidah town.
Jahurul Islam was serving as a lecturer at Keyarbazar College in Kaliganj, while Sajib Ahmed serving as a physician in Dhaka.
Additional superintendent of Jhenaidah police Azbahar Ali Seikh said Jahurul and Sajib had cases over subversive activities filed with different police stations in the district.
Jahurul was a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami in Jhenaidah, while Sajib was the member of Dhaka west Chhatra Shibir advisory body.
But the police initially could not identify the deceased, the police official added.
Sadar police officer-in-charge Harendra Nath Sarker said the duo was killed and three police personnel sustained injuries during a gunfight at Jhenaidah bypass road around 3:45am.
The police personnel signalled the duo to stop while they were riding a motorcycle towards Bhutiargati. The law enforcers chased them as they defied the signal. They also hurled crude bombs and opened fire targeting the law enforcers.
Police retaliated that triggered a gunfight leaving the two critically injured.
They were rushed to Jhenaidah General Hospital where the attending physician declared them dead.
The law enforcers seized two locally made guns, five crude bombs, two rounds of ammunition, three swords, a motorcycle, and two hand bags from their possession.
Police constables Bulbul Ahmed, Alamgir Hossain, and Nasir Uddin sustained injuries during the gunfight, the police officer-in-charge claimed. They were provided primary treatment at the hospital.
In another gunfight, the ringleader of an inter-district robber gang was injured in Kaliganj upazila early today.
Constable Sohag and Ansar-VDP member Manir Hossain also received injuries during the gunfight, police claimed.
Injured gang leader Nasir Uddin, 46, son of Shamsuddin Ahmed, of village Mithapukur in the upazila, was sent to Jhenaidah General Hospital, while the law enforcers were released after taking primary treatment.
Police seized a locally made gun, a bullet, and two swords from his possession.
Nasir was wanted in eight robbery cases filed with Kaliganj and surrounding police stations.
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