A suspected drug peddler was killed in a “gunfight” with police in Sarhail village of Mymensingh’s Ishwarganj upazila early yesterday.
The deceased, Abdur Rashid, 40, was from Ghagra village in the upazila.
Acting on a tip-off that some drug dealers were trading drugs in Sarhail village, a team of detectives raided the area to arrest them, said Shah Kamal Akanda, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch (DB) of Police in Mymensingh who led the team.
Sensing police presence, the criminals opened fire on them, forcing the law enforcers to fire back, which eventually triggered a “gunfight” around 12:40am, said the OC.
When the other gang members fled the scene, police found bullet-hit Rashid on the spot and rushed him to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead around 1:30am, the OC added.
Police also recovered five cartridges, 200 grams of heroin and 100 yaba pills from the spot, said the OC.
Sub-inspector of DB Shamim Al Mamun was injured during the incident was treated at Mymensingh Police Lines Hospital.
Rashid was a member of an inter-district drug peddlers’ gang and was accused in some 13 cases for drug trading lodged with Ishwarganj Police Station, informed the OC.
Police recovered the body and sent it to Mymensingh Medical College morgue for an autopsy.