Two suspected drug peddlers, including a local Awami League leader, were killed in Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong on Monday.
With the latest two, the death toll in the ongoing nationwide anti-drug drive rises to 218 since May 15.
In Cox’s Bazar, the deceased, Abdul Malek, 37, son of Bashir Ahmed of Hoanak Panir Chhara under the upazila, was named in at least eight cases, mostly under Narcotics Control Act, Maheshkhali Police Station officer-in-charge Pradip Kumar Das told New Age.
He said that Malek’s name was on the list of suspected criminals prepared by police.
OC Pradip said that a team of police raided the area when suspected drug peddlers opened fire on them, prompting the police to retaliate by firing about 11:30am.
After the gunfight, he said they rescued Malek from the spot and sent him to Maheshkhali Upazila Health Complex where on-duty doctors declared him dead.
The police officer claimed that they seized five firearms, five bullets, 20 litres of local liquor and 500 Yaba tablets from the spot.
In Chittagong, police recovered the bullet-hit body of Mariamnagar union unit Awami League vice-president Altaf Hossain, 42, of village Mariamnagar under Rangunia along Chittagong-Kaptai road under Rangunia upazila about 10:00am, United News of Bangladesh reported, quoting Rangunia Police Station officer-in-charge Imtiaz Mohammad Ehsanul Quader.
The OC said that the name of Altaf, wanted in 11 cases, was on the list of drug peddlers prepared by the home ministry.
He, however, could not say the motive behind the killing.
In Dhaka, Rapid Action Battalion arrested two suspected drug peddlers from Uttara and seized 39,000 Yaba tablets from their possession, RAB said in a text message Monday morning.
Besides, Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested 57 suspected drug peddlers and addicts from different places of the capital in 24 hours ending Monday 6:00am and seized 11,159 Yaba tablets, 320 grams of heroin, 1.68 kilograms of hemp and 250 bottles of Phenesedyl from their possession, metropolitan police officials said.