Five more suspected drug peddlers one of them a woman, were killed during the ongoing anti-drug drive since Friday at different places of the country.
The fresh deaths increased the toll to 155 since May 15.
Two of the suspected peddlers were killed in Jessore in gunfights between two groups of peddlers, said the police.
One suspected peddler was killed in Bogra also allegedly during ‘gunfights’ between two groups of ‘drug peddlers’, said police.
One drug peddler was killed in Shariatpur allegedly in a ‘gunfight’ with the detective branch of the police, police said.
In Mymensingh town a woman drug peddler’s body was found pierced by bullets, police said
Relatives said that the woman at Mymensingh was picked up by plainclothes men identifying themselves as police.
In Jessore also relatives said that police had picked up a victim and the other one was picked up by local Awami League men.
Besides, 25,780 other suspected drug peddlers and addicts were arrested so far by the police and the Rapid Action Battalion, according to the police and RAB accounts.
The police began its drive on May 18 while RAB’s drive kicked off on May 4.
New Age correspondent in Jessore reported that two drug peddlers, who were picked up earlier, were killed in two separate ‘gunfights’ at Chengutia under Abhaynagar upazila early Monday and near Kutcheymora Poultry Farm on Nabharan – Sathkhira Road under Sharsha upazila in Jessore early Friday.
The deceased were Shahidul Islam, 34, of Nawapara industrial town and Montaz Ali, 40, son of Jabed Ali of Khedapara village under Monirampur police station.
Shahidul, also named in at least 12 cases, was killed allegedly in a gunfight between ‘two groups of drug peddlers at Chengutia under Abhaynagar upazila in Jessore on Monday 3:45am, said Sheikh Goni Mia, officer in-charge, Abhaynagar police station.
The police recovered a pipe gun, two bullets and 120 Yaba tablets from the spot, the OC claimed.
Shahidul’s nephew Anisur Rahman told New Age that AL men led by Azim Sheikh picked up Shahidul from his residence at around 11:00am on the Eid day.
Azim Sheikh could not be reached for comments.
Montaz was killed in a ‘gunfight between two groups of drug peddlers’ near Kutcheymora Poultry Farm on Nabharan – Sathkhira Road under Sharsha upazila in Jessore early Friday, said M Moshiur Rahman, officer in-charge, Sharsha police station.
Montaz’s relatives said that Montaz was missing since June 12 since the Khedapara camp police picked him from Gangulia.
Admitting the arrest of the victim, sub inspector Md Ainuddin, in-charge, Khedapara police camp told new Age that he was picked up from Monirampur Municipality area, not from Gangulia at around 8:30 pm on the day. He was produced in the court on the next day.
Our Correspondent in Mymensingh reported that police recovered the bullet-hit body of a listed woman ‘drug peddler’ Rehena Akhtar, 35, wife of late Azizul Islam of Sankipara area in Mymensingh town from Gandhropa of the town Sunday morning.
Kotwali Model Police Station office-in-charge Mahmudul Islam said Rehena, also named in at least 10 cases, might have been killed in a clash between two groups of drug peddlers over sharing of drug money.
Rehena’s daughter Ajeda Begum alleged that her mother was picked up by police from in front of their residence around 4:00pm on Saturday.
OC Mahmudul, however, denied the allegation.
In Bogra, suspected drug peddler Rezaul Karim alias Dipjol, 38, of Malgram Uttarpara in the district town, also wanted in at least 10 cases, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between two groups of ‘drug peddlers’ at Shilimpur New Bypass area of the town early Friday, said Bogra additional superintendent of police Sanatan Chakrabarty.
He also said that the police seized one firearm, three bullets and 400 pieces of Yaba from the spot.
In Shariatpur, Ruhul Amin Bahga, 50, son of Moslem Bagha of Char Jushirgaon in Gosairhat upazila, also named in six drug related cases, was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and detectives at Bhadrachand in the upazila around 1:30am on Friday, United News of Bangladesh reported, quoting the district superintendent of police Abdul Momen.
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