Kushtia murder suspect killed in 'gunfight'
Another man, accused in the case filed over the murder of Malaysia expatriate Rafiqul Islam, was killed in a “gunfight” with police in Kushtia's Kumarkhali upazila early yesterday.
The dead is Anwar Hossain, 33, of Sawnta village in the upazila.
Abdul Khalek, officer-in-charge of Kumarkhali Police Station, said a joint team of Kumarkhali police and Detective Branch of police in Kushtia raided Joynabad village around 2:30am, acting on information that some criminals were holding a meeting there.
Cordoning off the spot, police asked the criminals to surrender. Instead of listening to the law enforcers, they opened fire, the OC said.
In retaliation, police returned fire, triggering the "gunfight" that lasted for half an hour, the police official said, adding that they found the body of Anwar on the spot after the "gunfight".
Police also claimed to have recovered a pistol and two bullets from the spot.
According to the OC, Anwar stood accused in Rafiqul murder, three robbery and two abduction cases filed with Kumarkhali Police Station.
On October 13, another accused of Rafiqul murder case, Shahinur Rahman, was also killed in a "shootout" with police.
Anwar's younger brother Sanwar Hossain told this correspondent that they were unaware of his brother's whereabouts since Rafiqul was murdered on October 9.
According to police, Rafiqul's younger brother Shafiqul "hired" Anwar and Shahinur to kill Rafiqul "over extramarital affairs with the victim's wife".
Shafiqul and his sister-in-law are two others accused in the case. They are now in jail.