Criminal killed in 'shootout'
A top criminal was killed in an encounter with members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Madanganj in the district town early yesterday.
He was identified as Abu Siddique, son of M Matiur Rahman of Kawriapara in the town.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-11 raided Siddique's house in the area at about 3:30am. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, Siddique and his accomplices fled the house.
The elite force then chased Siddique, who at one stage opened fire on the Rab men, forcing them to retaliate.
Rab sources said Siddique received bullets during the shootout at Madanganj and fell to the ground. He was rushed to Sadar Hospital where the doctors declared him dead.
Siddique was wanted in 18 criminal cases filed with different police stations in the district, police said. A pistol and four bullets were recovered from the spot.