Four killed in ‘gunfights’

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:18am on May 21, 2019

Four people were killed in reported incidents of gunfights with law enforcers in Dhaka, Chattogram and Cumilla on Monday.
In Dhaka, the Rapid Action Battalion claimed that two suspected hijackers were killed when they were going to the Old Town of Dhaka from Savar with a lorry carrying tea leaves, which they had allegedly hijacked from Srimangal in Moulvibazar in the past week.
Battalion company commander police superintendent Mohammed Mohiuddin Faruqe said that the deceased were Monir, 46, and Gias, 47.
The battalion said that on information that the suspects were heading towards Old Dhaka to sell the tea leaves, they set up a checkpoint at Hazaribagh.
The battalion personnel signalled the covered van at about 2:30am, but it kept going and hit a pillar beside the road.
The suspects then opened fire targeting the law enforcers prompting the gunfight, leaving two injured while their cohorts managed to flee, said the battalion.
Monir and Gias were pronounced dead by doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital at about 3:00am, hospital officials said.
Monir was named in 21 cases mostly for robbery and hijacking while Gias faced nine cases, said the battalion.
The officials claimed that two of their members were also injured.
The battalion seized the covered van along with nine tonnes of tea leaves, a pistol and few bullets from the spot.
In Chattogram, Md Mansur, 40, named in four mugging cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with the police in Pologround area.
Police officials claimed that a patrol team chased a CNG-run auto-rickshaw carrying four mugging suspects in Tigerpass area early Monday.
Kotwali Police Station inspector (investigation) Md Kamruzzaman said that the suspects ‘exchanged’ fire with cops and Mansur was hit by bullet.
His associates left him alone and later he was rushed to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where he was declared dead.
Police seized a firearm and four bullets. The police claimed that one of their colleagues was also injured.
New Age correspondent in Cumilla reported that the Border Guard Bangladesh said that suspected drug peddler Selim Miah, 45, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with their members at Golabari in the district headquarters at about 1:00am.
Border guards claimed that they seized 2,000 Yaba pills which were tied up with the body.
Border guards battalion additional director Abdullah Al Faruq said that on information a special team took position in the garden area on the southern side of Shahpur Madrassah.
Sensing presence of border guards, the suspects started firing at them that prompted the gunfight.
Comilla Medical College Hospital physicians declared him dead after he was rushed to the hospital.