Man killed in RAB ‘gunfight’

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

A man was killed in what the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called a gunfight in Taushara of Khetal upazila in Joypurhat early Monday.

According to UNB, RAB claimed that the deceased, Tofazzal Hossain alias Wazed, 37, son of late Wadud Sarker, a resident of Uttar Maheshpur Sarkar Para village, was accused in 12 to 13 drug cases.

Commanding officer of Joypurhat RAB-5, said that on secret information, a team of RAB conducted a drive in the area around 1:45am.

Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, a group of people opened fire on them, forcing the lawmen to fire back, triggering the gunfight that left Wazed injured with bullet.

The injured was taken to Khetlal Upazila Health Complex where the physicians declared him dead.

The team recovered a pistol, one round bullet, bullet-shell, a magazine and 150 bottles of phensidyl.

Two RAB members were also injured, according the law enforcers.

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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