At least five suspected drug peddlers were killed in Tangail, Bogra, Jessore and Cox’s Bazar districts on Friday raising the death toll in the ongoing nationwide anti-drug drive to 184 since May 15.
Of the deceased, one each were killed in ‘gunfights’ with law enforcement agencies in Tangail and Bogra, one was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between two groups of miscreants in Jessore and two other suspects were ‘found dead’ in Cox’s Bazar, reports received from the districts said.
The Jessore victim’s family members alleged that he went missing on Thursday around midday.
Most of the victims in the anti-drug drive were killed in ‘gunfight’ incidents with the police and the Rapid Action Battalion. The RAB began the drive on May 4 and the police began the drive on May 18.
New Age correspondent in Tangail, quoting RAB-12 crimes prevention company-3 commander Robiul Islam, reported that peddler Md Afzal, 35, of village Beguntol under Tangail Sadar, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with the RAB in his village early Friday.
The RAB also recovered a foreign-made pistol, one magazine, five bullets, 1,042 Yaba tablets, and 200 bottles of Phensedyl from the spot.
New Age correspondent in Jessore, quoting Chaugacha police officer-in-charge Khandaker Shamim Uddin, reported that Ratan Hossain Mridha, 28, son of Abu Bakr Mridha of Dighalsingha under Chaugacha in the district, was killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of drug peddlers at Kayarpara under the upazila on Friday at 2:30am.
Shamim Uddin claimed that they recovered a one-shooter gun, one bullet and over 200 Yaba tablets from the spot.
Victim’s mother Farida Begum told journalists at Jessore General Hospital on Friday morning that her son went missing with his motorbike after leaving home to get money from Magura Thursday noon.
In Bogra, suspected drug
peddler Putu Sarkar, 25, of Charsutrapur under Bogra Sadar upazila, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Bhatkandi Bridge under Shajahanpur upazila in the district around 3:00am, said additional superintendent of Bogra police Sanatan Chakraborty.
He said that Putu was named in six cases.
The police also recovered 500 pieces of Yaba tablets, one firearm and eight bullets from the spot, Sanatan claimed.
In Cox’s Bazar, drug peddlers Shamsul Huda, 42, of village Leda under Teknaf upazila in the district, and Myanmar national Rahim Ullah, 38, who now resides at an unregistered Rohingya camp at Leda, were found dead in a hilly wetland at Leda on Friday around midday, police said.
‘Both of them were Yaba peddlers and known as anti-social elements. Rahim was the body-guard of Shamsul. We found Shamsul’s hacked body in the wetland and Rahim’s body in a sack nearby,’ said Teknaf police officer-in-charge Ranjit Kumar Barua.
The OC said that Shamsul was named in at least six cases, including two for murder and two for drug peddling, while Rahim was named in at least one case.
Ranjit said that the duo could be killed over establishing supremacy among drug peddlers and robbers operating in the area.
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