A regional leader of outlawed Jonojuddho, a faction of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), and an alleged robber were killed in “gunfights” with law enforcers in Jhenidah and Chattogram yesterday.
In Jhenidah, the dead Badsha Sheikh, 50, of Harinakunda upazila, was an accused in seven murder and two arms cases, said police.
On information that some activists of the faction gathered at a Mahogany orchard in Jorapukuria village, police raided the area around 2:00am, said Ashaduzzaman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Harinakunda Police Station.
As soon as the law enforcers reached there, the PBCP men started firing
on them forcing them to retaliate, he said, adding that they found Badsha dead on the ground after the “gunfight”.
The OC also said they recovered a firearm and bullets from the spot. Two policemen were also injured in the incident.
In Chattogram city’s Khulshi area, Abdul Aziz, an alleged robber, was shot dead by police during a “gunfight”.
Police said Aziz came out of prison about three months ago after serving a 12-year sentence in a case filed under the Public Safety Act.
OC Pranab Chowdhury of Khulshi Police Station said Aziz’s name came up in the primary investigation of a robbery incident at Garibullah Shah Housing Society in the city on November 15.
A team of law enforcers conducted a drive at his home at Nasirabad area in the city to arrest him, said the OC, adding that sensing their presence, Aziz and his cohorts opened fire on the team forcing them to retaliate.
At one point, the criminals fled the scene and police spotted injured Aziz on the ground, Pranab said.
He was taken to Chattogram Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
(Our Jhenidah and Chattogram correspondents contributed to the report)