Two members of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were killed in separate “shootouts” with police in Kotchandpur and Harinakundu upazilas of Jhenidah early today.
The deceased are Abdur Rashid, 38, son of Younus Ali of Sreerampur village in Kotchandpur and Hazrat Ali, 35, son of Mahtab Biswas of Bhomradanga village in Harinakundu upazila.
Both of them were active members of the PBCP, reports our Jhenidah correspondent quoting local police.
Fazlur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Kotchandpur Police Station, said they conducted a raid at an open field in Chatar village on receiving information that Rashid was holding a clandestine meeting with his three cohorts there.
As soon as they reached the spot around 3:00am, the outlaws opened fire at them, forcing them to retaliate with bullets, the OC said.
After the outlaws fled the scene, police found bullet-hit Rashid lying on the ground.
Rashid was declared dead after he was rushed to Kotchandpur Upazila Health Complex, the police official said.
The law enforcers recovered a pipegun and three bullets from the scene, he added.
Meanwhile, OC of Harinakundu Police Station Ershadul Kabir said a patrol team of police cordoned off Rishkhali Amtala area where some PBCP members were holding a meeting.
Sensing danger, the outlaws opened fire targeting the law enforcers, prompting them to fire back, the OC said.
Hazrat came in the line of fire and died on the spot, he added.
Police recovered a shutter gun, two bullets and six bombs from the spot.