A man in his twenties was killed in what police claimed a gunfight between law enforcers and a gang led by the victim in Munshiganj on Friday.
Victim Tarek Rahman Rinku of Dewankandi village under Munshiganj sadar upazila had at least 22 cases against him on charges of attacking police and snatching their guns, robbery, extortion etc., said Munshiganj superintendent of police Zayedul Alam.
With the death of Tarek, media reported deaths of 20 people in incidents of ‘gunfights’ or extrajudicial killings until February 2 in the ongoing year.
There were 162 deaths in shootout or encounter or crossfire and physical torture by law enforcers in 2017, according to rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra.
Sadar police said they raided Dewankandi area to detain Rinku, who was released from jail in December on bail.
As they turned up the area, Rinku and his two accomplices opened fire on cops, who retaliated by shooting at them at about 10:30am, said Alamgir Hossain, officer-in-charge of sadar police station.
Rinku was shot in the two-hour-long gunfight, but died on the way to Munshiganj General Hospital where the on-duty physician confirmed his death, Alamgir added.
Rinku’s accomplices managed to get away.
Sadar police sub-inspector Sanjay Kumar Banik and two assistant sub-inspectors Sohel Rana and Md Nur Hossain also hurt during the gunfight, he claimed.
They were taken to the hospital from where Sanjay Kumar was referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, the OC said. Police said they recovered a pistol and a bullet from the spot.
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