At least five people were killed in ‘gunfight’ and ‘exchange of fire’ with police and Rapid Action Battalion in Dhaka, Brammnabaria and Rajbari within 14 hours on Tuesday.
In one of the three incidents, three people were killed on Dhaka-Aricha Highway at Keliya about 4:30pm in an ‘exchange of bullets’ with Rapid Action Battalion, police said.
The identities of the three could not be known immediately.
A total of 53 people were reportedly killed in such ‘gunfights’ since January this year.
The battalion-2 second in command Major Mohammad Ali said based ‘on information’ they launched a drive in the area as some highway robbers were planning to commit robbery in Keliya area.
Sensing presence of the battalion members, the robbers fired gunshots on them forcing them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight, he claimed.
At one stage, the gang members fled the scene and three bodies were found lying in the area, he said.
Law enforcers also recovered three foreign pistols and locally made weapons from the spot.
‘Three people were killed in a gunfight with RAB. But, we are not sure about the circumstances,’ said Dhamrai police station officer-in-charge Rezaul Hoque.
United News of Bangladesh reports from Rajbari: a suspected member of an underground party was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between his cohorts and detectives at Jakura Balurghat at Sadar upazila in the district early Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Saidul, 32.
Rajbari police superintendent Asma Siddiqa Mili in a press briefing said that the law enforcers conducted a drive when the underground operatives were holding a meeting at Jakura Balurghat around 2:30am.
Sensing presence of police, they fired gunshot on them forcing police to retaliate, triggering a gunfight, she said.
At one stage, Saidul sustained bullet wounds while his cohorts fled the scene.
Later, police took Saidul to hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Police also recovered a foreign gun, 32 bullets and 23 cartridges from the spot.
Brahmanbaria correspondent reported that a 25-year-old man was killed in ‘gunfight’ with police at Akhaura on Tuesday hours after his arrest.
The man, Khokan Sutradhar, 25, was killed about 2:45am. He was son of Ramesh Sutradhar, resident of Singarbil of Bijoynagar upazila in the district.
Local people caught him on Monday noon when he was trying to snatch money from one Makib Deb, a manager of a tobacco company distributor at Lalbazar road.
Locals caught him and handed him over to police.
His brother Makhon Sutradhar alleged ‘it was murder’.
Akhaura police station-in-charge Mosharaf Hossain said the police conducted a raid taking Khokan with them to arrest his associates.
Around 2:45am, when police reached near Akhaura Titas Bridge, Khokan’s associates opened fire, forcing police to ‘retaliate’ in self-defence.
‘Khokan was injured from a bullet from his friends,’ the police officer claimed.
Later, police claimed, they took him to Akhaura health complex where the doctor declared him dead.
The police claimed the seizure a pistol, two bullets, one sharp knife recovered from the spot.
Khokon was also wanted in several cases, including that of mugging, the police claimed.
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