Anti-drugs drives: Nine more killed in ‘gunfights’ in Bangladesh

As the nationwide crackdown against drugs continues, nine alleged drug traders were killed in ‘gunfights’ with law enforcers in Comilla, Chuadanga, Chittagong, Feni, Dinajpur, Nilphamari and Narayanganj on Tuesday.

According to UNB reports, 38 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ across the country since May 12.

In Comilla, two suspected drug traders — Peyar Ali, 24, and Sharif, 26, were killed in a reported gunfight with a joint team of law enforcers in Aranyapur area of Sadar upazila around 12:40am.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of police and Detective Branch of police, led by additional police superintendent Tanvir Salehin Sumon, conducted the drive in the area.

Sensing presence of the law enforcers, a gang of drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to retaliate which sparked off the gunfight, said Kotwali police officer-in-charge Abu Salam Mia.

After the gunfight, the team recovered the bodies and 400 bottles of Phensedyl, 50kilograms of hemp, a pistol with two rounds and a pazero zip.

Four policemen were injured in the ‘gunfight’, the police said.

In Chittagong, ‘listed drug peddler’ Shukkur Ali, 45, was killed in a reported gunfight with the Rapid Action Battalion in Debarpara area under Bayazid Police Station around 2:30am.

RAB-7 assistant superintendent of police Mimtanur Rahman said that being tipped-off, a team of the RAB conducted the drive in the area.

Sensing presence of the elite force, a gang of drug peddlers opened fire on the, prompting them to retaliate, triggering the gun battle, which left Shukkur, accused in 10 cases, dead on the spot.

The team also recovered 10,000 Yaba tablets, a shooter gun and huge amount of hemp from the spot.

In Chuadanga, listed drug peddler Kamruzzaman Sadu, 38, son of late Emdadul Haque of village Hardi of Alamdanga upazila, was killed in a reported gunfight with police near Alamdanga police station around 1:30am.

Alamdanga police officer-in-charge Abu Zihad Fakhrul Alam Khan said that being informed that a gang of drug peddlers were staying in the area a police team conducted a drive there.

Sensing presence of the police, the gang opened fire on them, prompting them to retaliate, triggering the gun battle.

After half an hour of the ‘gunfight’, the law enforcers recovered the bullet-hit body of Sadu, accused in 12 cases, from the spot along with a pistol, three rounds and a sack of Phensedyl.

Four policemen were also injured during the ‘gun battle’, the OC said.

In Feni, listed drug peddler Mohammad Manzurul Alam Manju, 49, was killed in a reported gunfight with the RAB in Lemua area of Sadar upazila in the early morning.

RAB-7 squadron leader Safayet Zamil Fahim said that the gunfight took place when they conducted the drive in the area based on secret information.

After the gunfight, they recovered the body of Manju from the spot along with 10,000 pieces of Yaba tablets, a foreign pistol and seven rounds, he said.

Earlier, police arrested Manju in 2015 with 5 lakh Yaba tablets. Manju was accused in several cases, filed with different police stations in Feni and Chittagong.

In Dinajpur, ‘drug peddler’ Probal Hossain was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Bhabanipur area of Birampur upazila around 2:30am.

Birampur police officer-in-charge Abdus Sabur said that they recovered 92 bottles of Phensedyl, and a revolver along with three rounds from the spot.

Two policemen were also injured in the gunfight, he added.

In Nilphamari, two suspected drug peddlers, Shahin, 28, son of Abdul Hannan, and Jalil, 32, son of Yusuf, residents of Nichu Colony in Saidpur municipality area, were killed in a reported gunfight with the police in Badhyabhumi area early in the morning.

Saidpur police officer-in-charge Golam Pasha said that a team of police in a drive arrested Shahin and Jalil on Monday night.

Later, they conducted another drive along with the duo to arrest other drug peddlers.

When, the team reached the area, cohorts of Shahin and Jalil opened fire on the law enforcers, prompting them to gun back, triggering the gunfight which left the duo dead on the spot.

Later, police recovered 100 pieces of Yaba tablets, some bottles of Phensedyl syrup and a pistol from the spot.

Two policemen were also injured in the gunfight, he added.

In Narayanganj, Bachhu Khan, a suspected drug trader, was killed in a reported gunfight with the RAB in Shimultoli area of Araihazar upazila in the early morning.

Source: New Age.

One Response to Anti-drugs drives: Nine more killed in ‘gunfights’ in Bangladesh

  1. Rab & Police have to prove that this method works in the long run.

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