‘Drug dealer’ killed during ‘gunfight’ | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 19, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:08 AM, February 19, 2020

‘Drug dealer’ killed during ‘gunfight’

Family says police picked him up almost a week ago

A suspected drug peddler was killed in a "gunfight between two groups of criminals" in the district's Bochaganj upazila early yesterday.

The dead is Ayub Ali, 55, of Setabganj in the same upazila. Police said he was accused in 32 cases, including 10 for murders.

However, Ayub's family alleged that he was picked up by two policemen from his home in Rail Colony Para on Wednesday night.

Ferdous Ali, inspector (investigation) of Bochaganj Police Station, said a team of the Detective Branch of police went to Haatrampur village in the upazila on information that a "gunfight broke out between two groups of drug peddlers" around 2:00am yesterday.

He said police fired seven blank shots after reaching there. Hearing the shots, members of both the groups fled the area.

Police later found Ayub lying there badly injured. He died of his wounds on way to M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital, the inspector said.

Lovley Yasmin, elder daughter of Ayub, alleged that two cops in plainclothes picked up her father from their home around 11:30pm on Wednesday when he was watching TV.

He was taken to Bochaganj Police Station. Later that night, he was boarded on to a microbus and was shifted to somewhere else, Lovley told The Daily Star.

However, Inspector Ferdous refuted the allegations made by Ayub's family.

Ayub's body was sent to the medical college morgue for an autopsy.

Police claimed to have recovered a pistol, two bullets, crude bombs, and two yaba pills from the spot. They suspected that a feud over sharing money from the sale of drugs triggered the "gunfight".

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