A murder suspect, arrested earlier on Saturday afternoon, was killed in what police had claimed to be a ‘gunfight’ between his cronies and detectives at Santarkul area of Badda in Dhaka on early Sunday.
Victim Nurul Islam alias Nuree, in his thirties, is the son of Abdur Rob and Lal Banu of Char Malgaon Talukderkandi at Damudya in Shariatpur.
He was used to live in a tin-shed building near Jahaj building at West Rampura in Dhaka.
Nurul, also a suspect in the murder of a manpower businessman Siddiq Hossain at his Banani office on November 14, 2017, was caught by locals and police after he had opened fire on one of his aids at Merul Badda area in the capital on Saturday afternoon.
With the death of Nurul, media reported deaths
of at least 22 people in incidents of ‘gunfights’ with
law enforcing agencies or extrajudicial killings until February 18 in the ongoing year.
There were 162 deaths in shootout or encounter or crossfire and physical torture by law enforcing agencies in 2017, according to rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra.
Badda police station officer-in-charge Quazi Wazed Ali said police with the help of local businessmen arrested Nurul from near Hatirjheel area by chasing him while he was trying to ran away from Merul Badda fish and kitchen market, where he shot one of his associates, Abul Bashar alias Badsha, 32, son of the late Mostafa Fakir of Damudya in Shariatpur.
Bashar succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the evening.
He said that a team of the metropolitan police’s detective branch (north) later interrogated Nurul and as per his information went to Santarkul area about 3:00am to recover illegal firearms and nab his cohorts.
As the team reached Projapati Garden area, four or five ‘miscreants’ tried to snatch Nurul by opening fire on police and police also retaliated by firing, he said.
Nurul was hit by bullets of the miscreants when he tried to flee by hitting police. His cohorts, however, managed to flee.
The police officer said that was rushed to DMCH where on-duty doctors declared him dead. The policemen recovered one pistol and two bullets from the spot
DMCH police outpost in-charge sub-inspector Bachchu Mia said Nurul was brought dead to the hospital around 5:00am.
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