Two suspected drug peddlers were killed in two incidents of ‘gunfights’ with Rapid Action Battalion in Narayanganj and Natore early Tuesday, raising the toll to 197 in the nationwide anti-drug drive in Bangladesh since May 15.
According to RAB officials, the deceased in Narayanganj, Alamgir Hossain alias Bear Alamgir, of village Beparipara under Sonargaon upazila, was named in at least 18 cases, including 10 under narcotics control act, while the deceased in Natore, Ahadul Islam, 38, of Kazipara under Lalpur upazila, was named in at least eight cases.
Besides, Dhaka Metropolitan Police in several raids in the capital arrested 71 suspected peddlers and addicts on Monday and Tuesday, officials said.
Police’s anti-drug drive began on May 18 and RAB’s on May 4.
New Age correspondent in Narayanganj, quoting RAB-11 assistant director Md Alep Uddin, reported that Alamgir was killed in a gunfight with a RAB team during an anti-drug drive at Changrakandi under Sonargaon early Tuesday.
Alep Uddin said that they seized 1,500 Yaba tablets and a pistol loaded with two bullets from the spot.
In Natore, Ahadul was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with RAB members at Bijaypur under Lalpur early Tuesday, said Major Shibli Mostafa of RAB-5.
He said that they also recovered arms, bullets and drugs from the spot.
In Dhaka, the metropolitan police in raids at different places arrested 39 suspected drug peddlers and addicts in 24 hours ending Tuesday 6:00am and seized 8,094 Yaba tablets, 1.42 kilograms of heroin and 6.90 kilograms of hemp from their possessions.
In raids at different areas of the metropolitan police’s Matijheel zone on Tuesday morning, the police
also arrested 32 more suspected drug peddlers and addicts from Paltan, Khilgaon, Mugda and Shahjahanpur thana areas and seized 115 Yaba tablets, 3.85 kilograms of hemp and 25 litres of local liquor from their possessions, officials said.
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