1 wounded in gunfight
A boatman received bullet injuries in a gunfight between police and pirates in Chandpai range of East Sundarbans Forest Division Thursday afternoon.
Injured Khalilur Rahman, 36, is undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital.
Sources said a police team led by SP Mizanur Rahman of Bagerhat was patrolling Harbaria Nandabala canal area in the range on information about a planned robbery.
Sensing their presence, a band of pirates started shooting at the law enforcers around 3:00pm.
The police and pirates had exchanged at least 800 rounds of bullet during the four-hour gunfight before the pirates finally retreated.
Khalilur, who was driving a motorboat carrying the police team, was shot in the neck.
Four persons have been arrested in this connection. They are Alam Gazi, Tuku, Ronny, sons of Abdul Hamid of Joymoni village under Mongla upazila, and Alam Sheikh, son of Yousuf Sheikh South Chila village under the same upazila.
A number of bullet-proof jackets, security guard uniforms, three engine boats, 20 bullets, 200 shells of cartridges, two 21-inch televisions, a laud-speaker and a pair of binoculars were recovered from the spot.
The pirates reportedly belonged to infamous Zulfikar Bahini.