A leader of Purba Bangla Communist Party (ML- Janajuddha) was killed and his associate injured in a “shootout” with police in Tala upazila of Satkhira early today.
Deceased Gaffar Par, 45, regional commander of the outlawed party, was an accused in 16 cases including four for murders, police said.
The injured, Saiful Islam, 42, was the prime accused in a case filed in connection with the murder of SM Alauddin, editor of the daily Patradut.
Sheikh Abu Bakar, officer-in-charge of Tala Police Station, said police received information that Gaffar was holding a clandestine meeting with his cohorts near Tengra Bill in the upazila around 1:30am.
As the law enforcers reached the spot around 2:30am, the outlaws opened fire at the team forcing them to retaliate with fire.
The outlaws fled the scene after a 15-minute “gunfight” but police found bullet-hit Gaffar and Saiful lying on the ground.
Gaffar was declared dead when police rushed them to Tala Upazila Health Complex.
Saiful, who received bullets in his legs, was shifted to Satkhira Sadar Hospital later. The condition of Saiful is serious because of excessive bleeding, said Parimal Kumar Biswas, a physician of emergency unit of the Sadar Hospital.
Saiful however claimed that police picked him up from Kaliganj upazila of the district two days back.
Last night, police took him to Tengra Bill and shot in his two legs, Saiful told this correspondent.
However, he could not say anything about Gaffar.
Police recovered a pipegun four bullets, two cartridges and two sharp weapons from the spot.