Police recovered the bullet-hit body of a known drug trader from a village in Jibonnagar upazila of Chuadanga bordering India yesterday at noon.
The deceased was identified as Shahin Ali, 43, son of Munnaf Ali of Ashtolapur of the upazila.
Mahmudur Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Jibonnagar police station said locals discovered Shahin's dead body in a mango orchard in Benipur village at about 12:00pm.
On information police recovered the body, the OC said. Police sent the body found to be hit by three bullets, to Chuadanga sadar hospital for autopsy.
According to Rahman, Shahin has been involved in drug trade for over 20 years. He smuggled drugs from India and traded inside Bangladesh territory. He is an accused in at least 10 drug-related cases filed with Jibonnagar police station.
Earlier, Shahin was engaged in several clashes with his rivals in the area, Rahman said citing police records. He expressed suspicion that his murder may have something to do with his rivalry with opponents.
Police is investigating the murder, the OC said.
Meanwhile, Shahin's younger sister Shirina Khatun told journalists that Shahin has been missing since Thursday. Even his mobile phone was switched off.
Shahin's death brings the number of suspected drug dealers killed since the anti-narcotics drive began on May 4 this year to at least 220. Most of them were killed in so-called shootouts with police and Rab.