Extortionist shot in firefight with cops
An extortionist was wounded in a 'shootout' between police and his cohorts in the city's Tejgaon area yesterday while extortionists shot an employee of a pharmacy shop at Sutrapur.
Police said extortionist Jalil and his accomplices opened fire on policemen who took position in front of BG Press High School in Tejgaon industrial area around 1:50am to nab them. The police fired back, resulting in a gunfight.
After the shootout, police found Abdul Jalil, 28, a member of Khorshed gang active in the industrial area, with bullet wounds. Two policemen sustained minor injuries in the shootout. Police also recovered one pistol, three bullets and one cellphone from the spot.
Police said Jalil and his accomplices extorted Tk 11,000 from Mohammad Ataur Rahman, an employee of a factory, on October 10 against their demand of Tk 25,000.
They again demanded Tk 25,000 from Ataur as they considered the Tk 11,000 as fine for non-payment of the toll of a lump sum.
Police lay in wait early yesterday as Ataur went there to give the money as per their instructions.
Sub-Inspector Marma Shingha of the police filed a case in this connection.
In another incident, a gang of three extortionists sprayed bullets in the drug shop 'Medicine Corner' on RK Mission road at Sutrapur around 12:30pm, leaving its employee Mohammad Wahid, 20, wounded.
Wahid at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) said the extortionists demanded toll from shop owner Zakir four days ago but he (Zakir) refused to pay it.
As Zakir was not available in the drug shop, the extortionists launched the gun attack, he said.
Jalil was undergoing treatment at Pangu Hospital while Wahid at DMCH.