Two men were killed in “gunfights” with Rab and police in Dhaka and Mymensingh early yesterday.
The dead are Anwar Hosen, 28, a suspected drug peddler, and Saiful Islam, 40, a rape accused.
Anwar was killed in Dhaka’s Uttarkhan area around 2:00am and Saiful was killed in Mymensingh’s Bhaluka upazila around 1:15am, said the law enforcers.
Kamruzzaman, assistant director of Rab-1, said Anwar was accused in at least 17 cases related to drugs.
He claimed that a team of Rab-1 raided Uttarkhan area on information that a group of drug peddlers gathered there. Sensing their presence, the criminals opened fire, forcing the law enforcers to retaliate.
At one point of the “gunfight”, Anwar sustained bullet injuries. Rab rushed Anwar to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead, Kamruzzaman added.
A constable was injured during the “gunfight”, the Rab official claimed.
Rab also claimed to have recovered 3,000 pieces of yaba pills and a firearm from the spot.
Meanwhile, Muhammand Mainuddin, officer-in-charge of Bhaluka Police Station, came up with a similar narrative of the “gunfight” in which Saiful was killed.
The police official claimed that they raided Hatiber area of Bhaluka on information that Saiful and his cohorts gathered there. Sensing police presence, the criminals opened fire, forcing the law enforcers to retaliate.
At one point, as the “gunfight” ended, police found bullet-hit body of Saiful. They rushed Saiful to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead, the OC claimed.
Four policemen were also injured during the “gunfight”, he claimed.
The Daily Star, however, could not independently verify the law enforcers’ claims.