Two more suspected drug peddlers were killed in ‘gunfights’ with the members of Rapid Action Battalion at two places in Feni on Tuesday night and on early Wednesday, raising the death toll in the ongoing nationwide anti-drug drive to 229 since May 15.
The deceased, Md Kabir Hossain, 37, based in Ichchhapur of Shahrasti in Chandpur, and Md Sumon alias Lal Sumon, 32, from village Kanthaltala of sadar upazila in Feni, were accused in several cases, RAB said.
RAB claimed that Sumon was named in at least 12 cases and his name was on the list of suspected drug peddlers prepared by the home ministry.
About a month ago, they said, Sumon was freed from jail on bail in a drug related case.
Sumon’s relatives alleged that a group of people identifying themselves as RAB members picked him up from his residence Tuesday afternoon, reported New Age correspondent in Feni.
Besides the killings, the RAB and the police conducted several anti-drug drives at different places of the country on Wednesday. The RAB began the drive on May 4 and the police on May 18.
The New Age correspondent in Feni, quoting squadron leader Shafayat Jamil Fahim of RAB-7, reported that Kabir was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with the RAB members at Lemua area on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Feni on Wednesday at about 4:00am.
The RAB official claimed that they seized one pistol, seven bullets, 1.80 lakh Yaba pills and the covered van used to carry the pills.
He said Sumon was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with the RAB personnel at Sultanpur area of Feni district town during an anti-drug drive on Tuesday night.
The RAB also seized three firearms and 4,000 Yaba tablets from the spot, he said.
In Dhaka, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested 43 suspected addicts and peddlers from different places of the capital and seized 8,203 Yaba tablets, 730 grams of heroin, 590 grams of hemp, seven bottles of Phensedyl and 52 ampoules of injectable drugs from their possession, metropolitan police officials said.