A suspected drug peddler was killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion near Tant Jute Mills at Shimrail of Siddhirganj in Narayanganj early Wednesday.
The incident took to 238 the number of people killed in the ongoing nationwide anti-drug drive since May 15.
The police arrested another suspected drug peddler who sustained bullet injury in another reported gunfight in Lalmonirhat Wednesday afternoon.
The deceased, Farid Mia, 35, of Hatipara of Tarabo municipal area in Narayanganj, was wanted in 18 cases, mostly under the Narcotics Control Act filed with different police stations in Narayanganj, battalion officials said.
RAB-11 senior assistant director Alep Uddin said that a battalion team on information that a group of drug peddlers gathered near Tant Jute Mills, raided the area early Wednesday.
Sensing the presence of battalion personnel, the suspects opened fire on them who retaliated by firing, he said.
As the ‘gunfight’ was over, they found critically injured Farid and rushed him to Narayanganj Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead, Alep said.
He said that battalion personnel also seized a pistol and Yaba tablets from the spot.
New Age correspondent in Lalmonirhat, quoting Hatibandha police station officer-in-charge Omar Faruk, reported that suspected drug peddler Sirajul Islam, 45, of Gandukuri of Hatibandha, wanted in six drugs related cases, was arrested after he sustained bullet injury in a gunfight at Nawdabas village at the upazila at about 1:30pm on Wednesday. Cops seized 11 kilogram hemp from the spot.
Bangladesh Coast Guard in a release on Wednesday said that they seized 1.5 lakh Yaba tablets from a river in Jaliapara-Sabrong area under Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar at about 11:00am on Wednesday.
The Yaba tablets in a plastic sack were thrown into the river from a boat when the coast guards signalled it to stop, the release said, adding that the boat rushed to Myanmar border immediately after throwing the sack into the river.
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