Man killed in Kushtia ‘gunfight’

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

A Prothom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what police called a triangular gunfight in Harra area of Kushtia Sadar upazila early Friday, reports UNB.

The deceased was identified as Rafiqul Islam, 40, son of late Mohon Ali of Haripur village of the upazila.

On information about a gunfight between two groups of drug traders, police rushed to the spot at 1:00am.Sensing the presence of police, the drug traders opened fire on police members, prompting them to fire back, triggering the triangular gunfight, leaving Rafiqul injured with bullet, said Kushtia Model police station officer-in-charge, Nasir Uddin.

Later, police recovered Rafiqul and took him to Kushtia General Hospital where physician declared him dead.

Police recovered a pistol, two rounds of bullet and 380 yaba tablets from the spot, the OC added.

Police said the deceased was a drug trader and wanted in seven cases including that of drugs and arms.

According to the human rights body, 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 six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.

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