A garment worker sustained bullet injuries allegedly during a drive of law enforcers in Bandar upazila of Narayanganj on Saturday night.
Police, however, said they arrested a listed drug trader in the area during their raid but are unaware of a bystander getting shot.
The injured worker, Mohammed Nadim, 28, of Baghbari Bus Stand area in the upazila, is undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), said his cousin Md Ridoy. He said Nadim worked at a hosiery factory in Nayamati area of the district town.
Around 10pm on the day, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police raided the bus stand area and arrested one Salauddin Salu, 25, said Inspector Enamul Haque of DB police in Narayanganj.
To free him, Salu’s accomplices attacked law enforcers and they had to open fire in defense, the inspector said, adding that miscreants also vandalised a police vehicle.
Ridoy said his cousin got hit by two stray bullets in his hand and thigh at that time. Locals took him to the 300-bed Hospital in Narayanganj’s Khanpur area. As his condition deteriorated, he was taken to DMCH the same night, he added.
Asked about Nadim, the inspector claimed that he did not know if anyone got hit by bullets.
Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge (OC) of Bandar Police Station, said Salu is accused in multiple cases. He also claimed that he did not know if a bystander got shot. “We are looking into the matter,” the OC added.
Meanwhile, Dr Shahadat Hossain of the 300-bed Hospital in Narayanganj told this correspondent yesterday evening that Nadim was admitted to the emergency ward of the hospital in a critical condition. He then referred him to DMCH. The doctor, however, said Nadim had no sign of bullet injury in his body.
He also said Inspector Haque and officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station came to the hospital in the morning to inquire about the matter. He did not want to elaborate any further.
Contacted around 8pm yesterday, Ridoy, who is at DMCH with Nadim, said he has the X-ray report with him, showing that Nadim sustained bullet injuries.
“One of the bullets pierced through Nadim’s hand and the other was taken out in an operation at DMCH in the morning,” he told this correspondent over the phone.
Police, on the other hand, in a press release said two cases were filed in connection with the attack on law enforcers.