A suspected drug peddler was killed in a “gunfight” with Rapid Action Battalion in Narayanganj early yesterday.
The dead -- Hridoy alias Gittu Hridoy, 30, of Sonargaon upazila -- was accused in at least 15 arms and drug cases, said Rab. Three people were also arrested during the shootout, in Changrakandi area of the upazila.
Acting on a tip off, Rab members set up a check post in the area on Dhaka-Chattogram highway to intercept a consignment of narcotics, said Maj Talukder Nazmus Sakib, deputy commander of Rab-11.
Around 2:45am, when the officials signalled a car to stop, passengers of the vehicle opened fire, forcing law enforcers to retaliate, he claimed.
Three persons got off the vehicle and started running, he said, adding that Rab members chased and caught them.
A bullet-hit person, identified as Hridoy by the arrestees, was found inside the car, Talukder said. He was taken to the Upazila Health Complex, where doctors declared him dead.
The arrestees are identified as Kamal Hossain, 30, driver of the car; Dollar, 28, and Selim, 32.
The Rab deputy commander said two constables got shot but their bulletproof vests saved them.
A foreign-made pistol, two rounds of ammunition, five sharp weapons and 500 yaba pills were seized from them, the Rab official said.
Hridoy was an accused in over 15 cases including drugs, arms, extortion and mugging, said Moniruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Sonargaon Police Station. He was a listed drug peddler and there was a bounty of Tk 10,000 for his capture, he added. The Daily Star, however, could not independently verify the claims.