A suspected drug dealer was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with Rapid Action Battalion at Shahidnagar of Uttarkhan in Dhaka on early Tuesday, raising the death toll to 416 in the on-going nationwide anti-drug drives since May 15, 2018.
The deceased, Md Anwar Hossain, 28, from Kishoreganj was living in Uttarkhan in Dhaka and was accused in at least 16 cases filed with different police stations in the city, RAB officers said.
RAB-1 company commander Quamruzzaman said that a team of RAB-1, acting on a tip-off that a group of drug dealers gathered at Shahidnagar, raided the area at about 2:00am.
He claimed that the suspected dealers, sensing their presence, opened fire on the RAB personnel, forcing them to retaliate by firing that triggered a gunfight.
As the gunfight ended, he claimed, they found Anwar shot and wounded.
They took him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where on-duty doctors declared him dead.
The RAB officer said that they seized 3,000 Yaba pills, a shotgun and six cartridges from the spot.
Doctors at DMCH emergency department said that Anwar was brought dead at the hospital at about 3:00am.
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