A suspected robber was killed in a "gunfight" with police in Sadar upazila of Kushtia early yesterday, after several hours of his arrest.
The dead -- Parvez Khan, 33, of Kushtia town -- was a member of a notorious robbery gang and had nine robbery cases filed against him, said police.
Golam Mostafa, officer-in-charge (OC) of Kushtia Model Police Station, said they arrested Parvez on Tuesday afternoon and got information on his firearm storage.
On information, police along with Parvez went to Shalda village in the upazila to recover the firearms. On their way, Parvez's cohorts opened fire on police around 3:30am, forcing the law enforcers to retaliate, he added.
At one point of the "gunfight", Parvez sustained bullet wounds and died on the spot, he said.
The body was sent to Kushtia General Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Asked, who would take responsibility for the death in police custody, the OC said, "We will not be responsible."
Police claimed that three of their personnel were injured during the "gunfight". They also claimed to have recovered a foreign pistol, a magazine, three bullets and one Ramda from the spot.
The Daily Star, however, could not independently verify the police claims.