Rape suspect killed in RAB ‘gunfight’

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A suspected rapist was killed in what the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called a gunfight with them near Pirgachha Bazar in Puthia upazila of Rajshahi early Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.

The deceased is Ekhlas Uddin, 20, son of Kashem Mia of Gandagohali village of Puthia.

Officer-in-charge of Puthia police station Rezaul Islam said Ekhlas violated his sister-in-law who is a seventh grader on 25 January. Later, the victim took her own life. Her father filed a case with Puthia police station after his daughter’s death, the OC said.

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Quoting RAB members, he said as Ekhlas was also a drug trader law enforcers went to arrest him at Pirgachha village.

As soon as the RAB team reached the spot, Ekhlas opened fired shots at them, triggering a gunfight, the OC said.

He was taken to the upazila hospital where physicians declared him dead.

RAB members also seized a pistol, two bullets, a shooter gun and 480 pieces of yaba pills from the deceased’s possession, he added.