‘Drug peddler’ killed in Kushtia ‘gunfight’

IU Correspondent . Kushtia | Published: 11:30, Feb 26,2020 | Updated: 01:21, Feb 27,2020


A suspected drug peddler was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between two gangs of drug peddlers and a joint team of police at Bagowan village of Daulatpur upazila in Kushtia early Wednesday.

The deceased was identified as Shahidul Islam, 34, son of Manik Ali, a resident of village Jamalpur in the upazila.

Acting on tip-off a joint team of Daulatpur police and Detective Branch of police conducted a drive at about 3:00am while two gangs of drug peddlers were selling and buying drugs in a betel leaf orchard, Daulatpur police station officer-in-charge SM Arifur Rahman said.

Sensing the presence of the law enforces, Shahid’s associate opened fire on police, forcing them to retaliate that triggered the gunfight.

After the gunfight, police recovered Shahid’s bullet injured body while his associates managed to flee. They took Shahid to Daulatpur Upazila Health Complex where on duty doctors declared him dead.

Police sent the body to Kushtia General Hospital morgue for a post-mortem examination, the police official said.

Police recovered a pistol, two bullets and 50 bottles of Phensidyl from the spot. Shahid was wanted in at least fourteen cases including drugs, the OC claimed. The anti-drug drives launched by law enforcement agencies in May 2018 killed so far around 490 suspected drug peddlers across the country.

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