A suspect in March 18 Baghaichari gun attack on election officials, which killed seven people, was killed in a gunfight during a joint-force raid on Lemubari bordering area under Naikhyangchari in Bandarban Wednesday morning.
Rapid Action Battalion officials claimed that deceased Gyan Shankar Chakma, 45, of Rangamati was a ‘notorious criminal’ and the ‘chief fund collector’ of a Chattogram Hill Tracts-based armed organisation.
They said a national identity card found in his pocket confirmed his identity.
The joint force, comprising army, Border Guard Bangladesh, police and the battalion, began raids in the hill districts after the March 18 attack on election officials that killed seven people and injured at least 20 on Sajek-Khagrachari road at Naymile under Baghaichari upazila in Rangamati.
The raids continued and none was arrested in the case the police filed against 40-50 unnamed people for the gun attack, district police officials said on Wednesday.
RAB-7 commanding officer Miftah Uddin Ahmmed said that the attackers hid in deep forests in hilly areas.
On specific intelligence that the attackers and their cohorts, in a bid to commit more sabotages, have bought a number of modern firearms and would enter Bangladesh through Naikhyangchari border, the joint forces set traps at places, he said.
He said that a team of the ‘miscreants’, being chased by army patrol team, entered a trap and there was huge exchange of fire.
The ‘miscreants’ fled to deep forests and later the law enforcers searched the area and found the body, seven sub machine guns, 437 bullets and 11 empty cartridges there, he said.
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