Former Khulna UP chairman killed in ‘gunfight’ with Rab
08:48 PM, July 30, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:03 PM, July 30, 2020

Former Khulna UP chairman killed in ‘gunfight’ with Rab

A former Union Parishad chairman was killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion in Rampal upazila of Bagerhat today.

The deceased, Mostafa Kamal alias Mina Kamal (58), was the former chairman of Naihati Union Parishad in Rupsha upazila of Khulna, reports our Bagerhat correspondent.

Tipped off about a secret meeting of drug dealers, a team of Rab-6 went to Baburbari area on the Khulna-Mongla highway in Rampal upazila of Bagerhat in the morning, claimed Khulna RAB-6 Commander Lt Col Raushanul Firoz.

Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the drug dealers opened fire at the Rab personnel near the Rampal Thermal Power Plant area. The Rab men retaliated in self-defense, triggering the gunfight, the commander said. 

At one point, the drug dealers retreated, and Mina Kamal was found critically injured at the scene, the Rab official said, adding that he was taken to Jhanjhania Hospital in Rampal where the doctors pronounced him dead.

Mina was also a leader of Jubo League in Rupsha upazila, the law enforcers said, adding that Kamal was accused in 25 cases filed for different offences, including nine murder cases.

A foreign-made pistol, 500 pieces of yaba, a knife and Tk 67,000 were recovered from the spot, the Rab-6 commander said.

"We have recovered Kamal's body from Jhanjhania Hospital and sent it to Bagerhat Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy," said Md Delwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Rampal Police Station.

Preparations are underway to file a case in this connection, the OC added.

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