2 outlaws killed in shootouts
Two outlaws were killed in separate incidents of "shootouts" between their cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion personnel in Pabna and Kushtia early yesterday.
The deceased were identified as Saidul Haq Sayeed, 40, a regional commander of outlawed group “Gono Bahini” of Kushtia and Abdul Malek alias Kata Malek, 35, an operative of “Bahini” of Pabna.
In Kushtia, a team of Rab, acting on information, raided a brick field at Atigram in Mirpur upazila shortly after midnight when members of “Gono Bahini” were holding a clandestine meeting there.
Sensing presence of the Rab personnel, the outlaws fired shots, prompting them to retaliate which triggered a gunfight, Major Zakir Hossain of Rab-12 told The Daily Star.
Sayeed got killed in the shootout while his accomplices managed to flee the scene. Later, the elite force members recovered two light guns, seven bullets, one explosive and a knife from the spot.
Sayeed was accused in at least eight cases, including two for murder and four for extortion, the Rab official said.
In Pabna, a team of Rab, acting on a tip-off, raided Faila village at about 2:30am where the operatives of the outlawed organisation, “Bahini” was holding a meeting, reports our correspondent.
Rab said the outlaws opened fire as they sensed their presence. Abdul Malek was caught in the line of fire of the resulting battle, while his cohorts managed to flee. His body was later recovered from the spot.
Malek, son of Habibur Rahman of Shibpur village in Atghoria upazila was accused in 10 cases, including six for murder, added Rab.
Rab also retrieved a rifle of foreign manufacture and a shutter gun from the scene.