Man killed in Jashore ‘gunfight’

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Gunfight illustration by Prothom AloA suspected criminal was killed in what the police called gunfight with police at Satnal Jora Bridge in Manirampur, Jashore early Wednesday.

The deceased was Billal Hossain, 19, son of Golam Mostafa of Fedaipur village in Manirampur, reports UNB.

Quoting Shahidul Islam, the officer-in-charge of Manirampur police station, UNB says a general diary was lodged against Billal and it said he abducted Zahid Hossain, a fourth grader of Gopalpur Primary School on 6 January and demanded Tk 500,000 as ransom from his family.

On Tuesday, police arrested Billal tactfully while he went to withdraw the ransom money from 'bKash' in Keshabpur upazila.

Following the confessional statements of Billal, police along with him went to the area to rescue Zahid around 2:45am.

Sensing presence of law enforcers, Billal's associates opened fire to police, forcing them to fire back in 'self-defense'.

At one stage, Billal caught in the line of fire and died on the spot.

Police also recovered the body of Zahid from inside a sack and recovered a one-shutter gun and a bullet from the spot.

Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.

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