Three men were killed in “gunfights” with police and Rab in Chattogram, Cumilla, and Gazipur yesterday.
All three of the dead were suspected criminals, the law enforcers claimed.
In Chattogram, a patrol team of Rab encountered with a group of armed criminals around 3:00am, said Mashukur Rahman, assistant director of Rab-7 (media wing).
Sensing their presence, the criminals opened fire on Rab members, forcing them to retaliate. At one point of the “gunfight”, the criminals fled the scene. Later, Rab members recovered the body, he added.
The body could not be immediately identified and was sent to Chattogram Medical College morgue for autopsy, he further added.
Rab also claimed to have recovered an AK-22 rifle, two magazines and 63 bullets from the spot.
Three cases were filed in connection with the “gunfight”.
Meanwhile, a suspected drug peddler was killed in a “gunfight” with Detective Branch of police in Cumilla Sadar upazila around 1:30am yesterday.
The dead -- Rasel Mia, 30 -- was accused in at least eight drug-related cases, said Mainuddin Khan, officer-in-charge of DB police in Cumilla.
A team of DB police conducted a raid in Sreepur area on information that a group of drug peddlers gathered there. As soon as the law enforcers reached the spot, the criminals opened fire, forcing them to retaliate, OC Mainuddin added.
During the “gunfight”, Rasel sustained bullets injuries. Later, policemen rushed him to Cumilla Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead, he further said, adding that the body was sent to Cumilla Medical College morgue for autopsy.
Police also claimed to have recovered 5,500 yaba pills, one pipe gun with one cartridge, three cartridge shells and a machete from the spot.
In Gazipur, another suspected drug peddler was killed in a “gunfight” with Rab-1 in the wee hours yesterday.
The dead is Sujon Mia, 28, of the district’s Tongi, said Quamruzzaman, assistant director of Rab-1.
A Rab team conducted a raid in Salna area of Gazipur City Corporation on information that some youths were selling firearms and illegal drugs there, he said.
As soon as the law enforcers reached the area, criminals opened fire on them, forcing them to retaliate. At one point of the “gunfight”, Sujon sustained bullet injuries, he added.
Rab members then rushed him to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead, he further said, adding the body was sent to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College morgue for autopsy.
Rab claimed to have recovered two short guns, two one shooter guns, nine cartridges and 1,200 yaba pills from the spot.
The Daily Star, however, could not independently verify the law enforcers’ claims.