Four more killed in ‘gunfights’

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

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Four people were killed in what the law enforcement called separate incidents of gunfights in Dhaka, Chattogram and Cumilla early Monday, reports UNB.

In Dhaka, two persons were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Hazaribagh Beribadh area of the capital early Monday.

The deceased were Munir, 46, and Giasuddin, 42.

According to RAB, a gang of hijackers hijacked a covered van carrying nine tonnes of tea of Ishpahani Tea Ltd from Srimangal five-six days ago.

Acting on information that the hijackers would take the van to Old Dhaka, a team of RAB-2 set up a checkpost in front of Madhu City under Hazaribagh police station.

When the van was crossing the checkpost around 2:45am, the team challenged it.

Sensing the impending danger, the hijackers reportedly opened fire on the law enforcers, forcing them to fire back, claimed the RAB.

After a brief gunfight, the elite force recovered the bodies of the van driver Munir and his assistant Gias from the spot, said superintendent Mohiuddin Faruqi of RAB-2.

They also recovered a pistol from the spot. Two RAB personnel were also injured in the gunfight, he said.

In Chattogram, Md Monsur, 40, who was listed as a hijacker by Chattogram Metropolitan Police and also an accused in eight cases and leader of a gang, was killed in the reported gunfight with police in Pologround area under Kotwali police station.

Mohammad Mohsin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, said that a patrol team of police chased a gang of muggers when they snatched a bag of woman from a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Tigerpass area at night.

When, the auto-rickshaw carrying the hijackers reached Pologround area, they opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight, he added.

After the gunfight, police rescued bullet-wounded Monsur from the spot, he also said.

Later, the injured was taken to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital where the physicians declared him dead.

Police recovered a pistol, five rounds of cartridges, five bullet shells and three mobile phones and the auto-rickshaw from the spot.

In Cumilla, Selim Miah, 45, son of Ali Ahmed, was killed in an alleged gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Golabari in Sadar upazila around 1:00am.

Lt Col Abu Mohammad Mohiuddin, commanding officer BGB-10 battalion, said that a special team of BGB conducted a drive in the border area.

Sensing the presence of the BGB team, a group of people opened fire on them, prompting them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.

Selim received bullet wound during the gunfight and the physicians declared him dead when he was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital.

They also recovered 2000 yaba pills which were tied up with the body.

According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.

In the first four months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 115, the rights body said on its website.

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