Two suspected drug peddlers were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Kayarbil Bridge area of village Banshdaha under Satkhira Sadar upazila early Sunday while they were in police custody.
The victims were Delwar Hossain, 38, son of Abdul Goni of village Banshdaha, and Abul Kalam Azad, 40, son of Abul Kashem of village Keragachi under Kalaroa upazila in the district. They were members of inter-district drug trading racket and were named in several cases, said the police.
With the duo, the death toll in the ongoing nationwide anti-drug drive rises to 186 since May 15, the day
when the first death of suspected drug peddler in ‘gunfight’ with law enforcers was reported.
Satkhira Sadar police officer-in-charge Maruf Ahmed said that the detective branch arrested Delwar and Kalam along with two kilograms of hemp and a number of bottles of Phensedyl from Banshdaha Bazar on Saturday afternoon.
He said that, during interrogation, the duo confessed that a huge consignment of drugs would enter into the country at night.
The police officer claimed that on the basis of information extracted from the duo, a police team conducted a raid at Kayarbil Bridge area at 2:30am on Sunday.
As ‘associates of Delwar and Kalam’ opened fire on the police, Maruf claimed, the police also retaliated by firing and at one stage of the ‘gunfight’ they found bullet-hit Delwar and Kalam.
The police said they rushed Delwar and Kalam to Satkhira Sadar Hospital where on-duty doctors declared them dead. The police seized one shutter gun, one bullet and some drugs from the spot, the OC claimed.
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