A suspected member of a forest robber gang was killed on Wednesday in a ‘gunfight’ with Rapid Action Battalion at Markir Baoner canal in River Shibsa under Koyra upazila in Khulna district, also under the Satkhira range of Sunderbans West division.
The deceased was identified as Babu, a member of forest robber gang ‘Al-Amin Bahini’, but his detailed identity could not be known until evening, RAB officials said.
RAB-6 operations officer lieutenant commander Zahid told New Age that 23 fishermen were abducted by the gang and the RAB personnel, on information that the gang was staying at Markir Baoner canal, raided the area in the morning in a bid to rescue the fishermen.
As the RAB members reached near the spot, there was an exchange of gunshots with forest robbers, which left Babu killed, he said.
They rescued the 23 abducted fishermen after the gunfight and recovered their seven fishing boats, the RAB official said.
RAB also seized a number of firearms and ammunitions from the spot, he said.