A suspected drug peddler was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between two groups of ‘drug peddlers’ and police at Keshabpur in Bagha of Rajshahi early Friday, raising the death toll to 376 in the on-going anti-drug drive since May 15, 2018.
The deceased, Ziarul Islam alias Kalu, 39, of Pakuria in Bagha, was named in of at least ten drugs and arms-related cases, said police.
Md Shahidullah, Rajshahi superintendent of police, told New Age that being tipped off that two groups of ‘drug trader’ were exchanging gunshots over establishing supremacy, a team of police rushed to the spot around 2:30am.
As the police chased them, the drug peddlers started firing targeting at the police, forcing them to retaliate which triggered a ‘gunfight’, he added.
At one stage of the ‘gunfight’, the drug smuggling members fled the spot while Kalu sustained bullet injuries.
Later, Kalu was rushed to Bagha Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead.
The police official also claimed that they recovered a pistol with two bullets and 53 bottles of Phensedyl from the spot.
Meanwhile, the deceased’s wife, Isma Begum, claimed that four plainclothes men picked up her husband, Kalu, from Kishorpur area of Bagha while he along with his business partner were returning home by motorcycle on Wednesday night.
Being informed, she went to local police station, but local police denied detaining him and asked her to search him, she added. ‘On Friday morning, I came to know that Kalu was killed in gunfight’, she further added.
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