‘Gunfight’ spree goes on, 11 more ‘drug peddlers’ killed
Eleven more suspected drug peddlers have been killed as the spree of “gunfights” continues amid a countrywide crackdown on narcotics and its dealers.
This takes the tally of alleged drug peddlers dying in “gunfights” to 33 in the last eight days, drawing criticism and concerns from rights activists.
According to our local correspondents, fresh incidents of “gunfights” took place overnight through Dinajpur, Comilla, Feni, Chuadanga, Narayanganj, Chittagong, Brahmanbaria and Netrokona.
In Dinajpur, listed peddler Probal Hossain, 35, was killed in Birampur upazila, Abdus Sabur, officer-in-charge of Birampur Police Station said. One sub-inspector Khurshidul Alam was hurt.
Police raided Dakhkhin Damadarpur village around 2:15am and faced intense gunfire from the drug peddlers. A gunfight triggered when police retaliated. After the battle subsided, the body was recovered and a pistol, two bullets, and 93 bottles of phensidyl seized.
In Comilla, two – Peyar Ali, 24, and Sharif, 26 – were killed in Sadar upazila’s Aranyapur around 12:40am, reports UNB quoting Abu Salam Mia, officer-in-charge of local Kotwali Police Station. Police sent the bodies to Nilphamari Sadar Hospital for autopsy.
After the gunfight, where four policemen were also injured, the team recovered the bodies and 400 bottles of Phensidyl, 50 kg hemp, a pistol with two round bullets and a pazero zip.
In Nilphamari, Johni Islam, 34, Shahin, were killed in Islambag area under Saidpur municipality. During the gunfight, four police personnel were also injured, said Ashok Kumar Paul, assistant superintendent of police (Saidpur circle).
Receiving a tip-off, police raided Golahat around 2:30am. Sensing police, the drug peddlers opened gunfire compelling the policemen to retaliate, the police officer said. The two drug peddlers were killed in line of fire and four policemen injured. Some Yaba tablets were seized.
In Narayanganj, accused drug peddler Bachchu, said to be a top-listed man, was killed in Araihazar upazila. A stash of yaba tablets and guns were seized from his possession, said a text message issued from Rapid Action Battalion.
In Chittagong, Shukkur Ali, 45, was killed in Dobarpara area in the city.He stood accused in more than 10 cases, read an SMS sent from Rab headquarters. A haul of yaba, arms and bullets were recovered.
In Feni, Monjur Alam, 45, was killed on Lemua bridge area on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, said Rab-7 Squadron Leader Safayat Jamil.
According to him, deceased Monjur, a top listed peddler whose name was on the list prepared by the home ministry, was arrested previously in 2015 with over 5 lakh yaba pills and stood accused in multiple cases including drug and robbery.
In Netrokona, an activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Amzad Hossain, 32, was killed in "gunfight" with police. Netrokona Model Police Station OC Borhan Uddin Khan said he was a listed drug peddler and accused in as many as 13 cases including murder, arms and explosives.
500gm heroin, 305 pieces of yaba pills and a pipe gun were recovered from him, the OC said. Four police officials were injured during the gun-battle. They took treatment at Netrokona Sadar Hospital this morning.
In Chuadanga, a top drug peddler Kamruzzaman Sadu, 38, was killed in Alamdanga upazila, local police station OC Abu Zihand Mohammad Fakhrul Alam said.
Alamdanga railway forest is believed to be a den of drug peddlers, the OC said. Police received intel that a meeting was underway there and raided the place around 2:45am. They faced heavy gunfire and retaliated equally. Sadu was killed at scene.
Police recovered one gun, two machetes and 40 bottles of phensidyl from the spot. According to records, Sadu was accused 12 drug cases filed with Alamdanga police station in Chuadanga.
In Brahmanbaria, a notorious drug peddler, Dhan Mia, was killed in a "gun battle" with Rab in Bancharampur upazila, according to text message sent from its headquarters.The details of the reported shootout is yet to be known.