A drug peddler was killed and at least two police constables were injured during a “gunfight” with police at Kotwali Model Police Station in Jessore early today.
The deceased was identified as Abu Taher, 40, son of late Sona Ullah, a resident of Jhumjhumpur area in the town, reports our Jessore correspondent quoting Iafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge (investigation), of the Kotwali Police Station.
Taher was running drug racket in the area, the OC said.
The two injured police constables -- Shamim and Ariful -- received bullet injures during the gunfight.
The policemen were undergoing treatment at the Jessore Medical College and Hospital.
Police said a group of drug peddlers were holding a secret meeting at Moilakhana of Jhumjhumpur area. On information, police launched a raid there at about 3:30pm.
Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the miscreants started firing and throwing crude bombs on the police. At one stage, the police fired back at the miscreants that triggered a gun battle, the OC said.
Taher received bullet injuries in his left leg while trying to flee the scene. Later police recovered the victim and sent him to Jessore Medical College and Hospital where he died at about 6:00am due to excessive bleeding, police said.
A firearm was recovered from the spot.