Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
An operative of outlawed Sarbahara Party was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and law enforcers in Batajhor area under Gouronodi upazila of Barisal early yesterday.
The dead was identified as Babul Sardar alias Babul, 35, a regional leader of Sarbahara Party (Zia group).
According to a statement of Rab, a joint team of Gouronodi police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-8) raided Batajhor area where some Sarbahara Party men were holding a meeting at about 3:35am.
Sensing law enforcers' presence, the underground operatives opened fire, forcing them to retaliate.
At one stage the operatives of the outlawed party managed to flee the scene while the body of Babul was found lying on the ground, the statement said.
The law enforcers recovered two homemade rifles, one shotgun, one revolver and seven bullets from the spot.
Babul was involved in a number of crimes including murder, abduction, extortion and transport robbery, police said.
He was also accused in ten cases including four for murder filed with Gouronodi Police Station, the release added.