A Krishok League leader was killed in a reported gunfight between the detectives and suspected drug peddlers at Madhya Char under Katakhali Police Station in Rajshahi city early Sunday, raising the death toll in the ongoing nationwide anti-drug drive to 249 since May 15.
The deceased was identified as Alamgir Hossain alias Alo, 45, son of late Moktar Hossain, of 29 no ward unit president of Bangladesh Krishok League in the city.
He contested the July 30 Rajshahi City Corporation elections for the post of 29 no ward councillor and his election affidavit showed that he was accused in three cases, including one for murder.
Police, however, claimed that Alo was a ‘notorious drug peddler’ and named in at least eleven cases for drug peddling, murder and attack on police.
Rajshahi Metropolitan Police spokesperson and assistant police commissioner Ifte Khayer Alam told New Age that acting on a tip-off that some drug peddlers were dealing drugs and arms, a team of detectives of the metropolitan unit conducted a drive in the area around 3:00am.
When the team reached the spot, the drug peddlers opened fire on them, forcing the police to retaliate by firing, he added.
After the gunfight, Ifte Khayer said, they found Alo injured while the others managed to flee the spot.
The injured was then taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Ifte Khayer also claimed that four detectives were also injured during the gunfight.
He also said that they recovered a shutter gun, 198 bottles of Phensidyl and two mobile phones from the spot.
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