Two suspected drug peddlers was killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with members of Rapid Action Battalion in Natore and Gazipur on early Tuesday, raising the death toll in the ongoing nationwide anti-drug drives to 225 since May 15.
The deceased in Natore, Meher Ali, in his thirties, of Lalpur in the district, was named in at least 14 cases, mostly under anti-narcotics control act, RAB said.
The deceased in Gazipur is suspected drug peddler Shariful Islam, in his thirties, of Turag in Tongi.
Besides, the police and RAB members continued their raids at different places in the country on Tuesday, arrested suspected drug dealers and abusers and seized drugs from their possession. RAB began the drive on May 4 and police on May 18.
In Natore, Meher Ali was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with a patrol team of RAB at Chamtia-Jayantipur area of Lalpur upazila in the district on Tuesday at about 2:25am, RAB-5 crimes prevention company-2 commander Shibli Mostafa told New Age.
He said they seized a pistol, three cartridges, a cartridge case, one blank magazine, 160 Yaba tablets, 62 bottles of Phensedyl and Tk 462 in cash from the spot.
In Gazipur, suspected drug peddler Shariful Islam was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of RAB at Prottashar Math area under the same police station at about 3:30am, said the police station officer-in-charge Kamal Hossain told New Age.
He said they, on information about the gunfight, went to the spot and found the body in the morning.
The police officer said they seized a firearm and huge drugs from the spot, he added.
Besides, Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested 43 suspected drug peddlers and addicts from different places of the capital in 24 hours ending Tuesday 6:00am and seized 235 Yaba tablets, 1.86 kilograms of hemp, 502 grams of heroin and three bottles of foreign liquor from their possession, metropolitan police officials said.
RAB in a press release on Tuesday said they arrested 80 suspected drug peddlers and addicts on Monday from different places of the country and jailed and fined 30 of them through mobile court.
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