A suspected drug peddler was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with Rapid Action Battalion members at Muradpur area in Chattogram on Thursday night raising the death toll in the ongoing nationwide anti-drug drives to 250 since May 15.
The deceased was Ashim Roy Babu, 29, son of Gurusdoy Roy of Banshkhali upazila in Chattogram.
During the drive, four RAB personnel its Feni unit commander Squadron Leader Shafayet Jamil Fahim, Major Hasan, Lance Corporal Shahid and soldier Arif also sustained bullet injuries.
RAB officials said Fahim, who received a bullet in the abdomen, had undergone a six-hour operation at Chattogram CMH and his condition was serious.
The three other injured RAB members were taken to Dhaka CMH from Chattogram CMH for better treatment.
RAB director general Benazir Ahmed, after visiting the three injured members at Dhaka CMH, told reporters that that was the first ‘high scale casualty’ after RAB began its anti-drug drive on May 4.
RAB-7 assistant director (media) Mimtanur Rahman said a team of RAB-7 conducted a drive at Muradpur area of Chattogram to arrest some drug peddlers at about 11:45pm on Thursday.
During the drive, the elite force members asked a private car to stop but passengers of the car opened fire on them, forcing them to retaliate in self-defence.
Ashim died on the spot while the two other passengers fled the scene.
Locals said Ashim was a drug peddler. Earlier, three cases were filed with Kotowali police against Ashim.
Two pistols, three magazines and 12,000 Yaba tablets were seized from the spot.
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