Two people were killed in separate gunfights between ‘miscreants’ and police in Narayanganj and Kushtia early Friday.
Moniruzzaman Shahin, 40, of Galachipa under Sadar upazila, died in the Narayanganj incident while Shahin, 30, of Nurpur village under Kushtia Sadar, died in the other incident.
Police claimed that Moniruzzaman was a drug trader who was wanted in more than a dozen cases while Shahin was a miscreant who was arrested the previous night in connection with the killing of expatriate Bangladeshi Rakibul Islam, of Kumarkhali in Kushtia.
With the duo, four people were killed in ‘gunfights’ in two days.
Narayanganj detective branch of police officer-in-charge Mahbubur Rahman said that a team of Narayanganj DB, on information that a group of criminals had gathered in Galachipa area, conducted a raid there around 3:00am.
Sensing the presence of the police, he said, Moniruzzaman’s associates hurled bombs and opened fire at the law enforcers, forcing them to retaliate by firing.
At one stage of the gunfight, Moniruzzaman was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot, he claimed.
The police recovered one pistol and four bullets from the spot, he said.
Kushtia detective branch of police officer-in-charge Sabbirul Islam said that they arrested Shahin on Thursday and went to Silaidah Kasba Ghat under Kumarkhali in Kushtia along with the accused to arrest another accused wanted in the case of murdering the expatriate.
Sensing the law enforcers’ presence, a group of criminals opened fire on the police, prompting them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight, he said.
When the gunfight was over, bullet-hit Shahin was rescued and taken to Kushtia General Hospital where on-duty doctors declared him dead, Sabbirul said.
The police officer said that they also recovered one pistol, four bullets and a sharp weapon from the spot.
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