Two suspected muggers were shot and killed in a reported gunfight with Detective Branch members at Khilkhet in Dhaka on early Tuesday.
The dead are Enamul, 30, and Rasel, 28.
DB also arrested two of their accomplices — Nayan and Yamin.
Detective Branch’s Gulshan division deputy commissioner Mashiur Rahman said that the incident took place at about 2:30am when a team of DB and Khilkhet Police Station officers got on a gunfight with suspected muggers.
Mashiur said that they set up several checkpoints at Khilkhet in response to rise in mugging incidents in the area during Eid holidays.
They signalled to a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at a checkpoint to stop, but the vehicle ignored the request and drove away at about 2:15am.
A police van chased it on its way to Purbachal area where another police team was on duty from before to intercept any vehicle by parking a police microbus in the middle of the road.
The auto-rickshaw approached the parked vehicle, two of the suspects got down and opened fire on police officers who retaliated by shooting back, said the the deputy commissioner.
After the suspects stopped firing, police found two suspects shot and two unharmed.
The wounded were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors declared them dead, said Mashiur Rahman.
Detectives claimed to have sized a pistol, two cartridges, a knife, a towel and poisonous ointment from them.
DB officer Mashiur said that the gang used to offer people ride-sharing in their auto-rickshaws and microbuses during midnight.
After picking passengers, they used to rob them in face of firearms.
They often torture and cause serious injury to the people to get their valuables.
If anyone tried to resist them, the muggers usually strangled them with a towel or scarf, he added.
Mashiur said that the arrested told them that they gathered in Tongi and waited for passengers, but finding no one there, they went to Dhaka.
Bodies of the gunfight victims were kept at DMCH mortuary.
No one went to the hospital to receive their bodies until Tuesday night.
Dubai returnee Subhash Chandra Sutradhar was found dead on Kuril flyover in Dhaka with a piece of cloth around his neck on May 6.
Police suspect that he might have been killed by a mugger gang.
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