At least two suspected drug peddlers were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with the Rapid Action Battalion one in the capital and the other one in at Rupganj in Narayanganj district early Tuesday, RAB said.
In the capital, Ibrahim Hossain Babu alias Pilot Babu, 35, was killed in the alleged gunfight with RAB at the Beribundh area in Mirpur.
Son of Sabuj Mia, he lived at Mirpur-2, and had no relationship with the family, said his elder brother Md Sumon.
Ibrahim was not married, said the sibling.
According to RAB, Ibrahim was wanted in at least 15 cases, mostly relating to Narcotics Control Act violations.
According to RAB-4 commanding officer Chowdhury Manjurul Karim at 4 AM on Tuesday, two riders on a motorcycle opened fire on RAB men at a checkpost at Mirpur Beribandh area ignoring their signal to stop when the RAB men retaliated leaving a rider injured with bullets and the other one fled.
He said that the injured rider was speedily taken to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Later, said the RAB commander, the dead rider was identified as drug peddler Ibrahim.
Ibrahim’s elder brother Md Sumon who identified the body at the DMCH morgue told New Age, ‘We do not know whether he was a peddler but we knew that he was drug addicted.’
He said that his brother was missing since early June when some plainclothes men identifying them as law enforcement personnel picked him up at Chapainawabganj.
At Rupganj, Narayanganj, Md Nadim Hossain alias Nadim alias Pochish, 35, died allegedly in a ‘gunfight’ with the RAB at 2.30 AM on Tuesday.
According to the police and the RAB Nadim from the Mohammadpur camp of Stranded Pakistanis, also known as Mohammadpur Geneva Camp, in the capital, did not live in the camp.
They said that wanted in at least 12 cases, Nadim was a top drug peddler at the Mohammadpur area.
Senior assistant police superintendent Rabiul Islam of RAB-2 said that on a tip off that drug peddlers would deliver Yaba tablets to fellow peddlers at Purbachal , the rendezvous was raided at about 2:30am when the gunfight ensued with the peddlers.
The gunfight over, he said, RAB found bullet hit body of Nadim and seized two firearms, six bullets and 4,020 Yaba tablets from the spot.
RAB officials claimed that Nadim was among those who controlled the drug business at Mohammadpur area, especially in and around the ‘Mohammadpur Geneva Camp’.
They said that Nadim used to supply Yaba consignments in the Mohammadpur area after bringing them from Cox’s Bazaar.
The latest casualties increased the toll to at least 175 in the ongoing nationwide anti-drug drive since May 15.
Most of them were killed in gunfights with the police and the RAB.
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