Four suspected drug traders were killed in separate “gunfights” in Rangpur, Bogra and Mymensingh districts as the countrywide anti-narcotics drive continues.
Among the deceased, two people were killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of drug peddlers while two drug dealers were killed in separate “gun battles” with Rangpur and Bogra police.
This takes the death toll in such incidents to 135 over the last 21 days.
In Rangpur, Shahjahan Hossain alias Dabirul, 50, was killed in a “gunfight” with police in Kaunia upazila around 3:30am last night, our Dinajpur correspondent reports quoting Saiful Islam, additional superintendent of Rangpur police (Circle A).
Police recovered 126 pieces of Yaba, 173 bottles of phensidyl, a pistol, a magazine and a bullet from the spot.
In Bogra, an alleged drug dealer, Liton alias Riten 32, was killed in a “gunfight” with members of Detective Branch of police (DB).
Police recovered 200 pieces of yaba and two machetes from the scene, our Bogra correspondent reports quoting officer-in-charge of DB Nure-Alam Siddiquee.
There are five drug cases filed against Riten with Bogra Sadar Police Station, said Additional Superintendent of Police (Sadar Circle) Sonaton Chakraborty.
In Mymensingh, police recovered the bullet-hit bodies of two suspected drug traders -- Munna, 20, and Idris Ali, both hailing from Charkalibari area in Sadar Dakhshin upazila, -- from Brahmaputra rail bridge area in the morning, according to UNB.
However, the victims' family members claimed that some plainclothes police addressing themselves as members of Detective Branch picked Munna and Idris from Mashkanda Sheba Drug Rehabilitation Centre on June 1.
Mahmudul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Model Police Station, said Idris and Munna are listed drug traders and also accused in several cases.
Meanwhile, Syed Nurul Islam, superintendent of Mymensingh Police, said Idris and Munna were killed in a “gunfight” over enmity among the drug traders, reports UNB.