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12 more ‘drug traders’ killed in Bangladesh

Updated:2018-05-29 15:39:53   theindependentbd.com

Suspects detained during an anti-drug drive by police are being taken on board a prison van at Dhalpur in the capital’s Sayedabad area yesterday. Photo: Nabiulla Nabi

Twelve more suspected drug traders were killed in reported gunfights early yesterday as the anti-narcotics crackdown continues across the country, reports UNB. Of them, two were killed in Cumilla and Pirojpur each and one each was killed in Dhaka, Natore, Pabna and Chandpur.

Besides, gun battles among rival groups left two other drug dealers dead in Satkhira and one each in Jhenidah and Munshiganj. According to reports reaching the UNB news desk, a total of 105 people were killed in 'gunfights' across the country since May 12. In Cumilla, two suspected drug traders were killed in separate incidents of gunfight in Sadar Dakkhin and Debidwar upazilas early in the morning.

Enamul Haque Dolon, 35, son of late Abdullah Bhuiyan alias Babul Miah of Bhinglabari area, and accused in 12 drug cases, was killed in a 'gunfight' with police at Bhinglabari Beribadh of Debidwar. Police recovered 10 kg hemp, 100 Yaba tablets, one pipe gun and a magazine from the spot.

Besides, Nuru Miah, 55, son of late Abdul Ohab of Kalikapur in Sadar Dakkhin upazila, and accused in 13 drug cases, was killed in another gunfight with police in Goliyarai area.

Police recovered 40kg hemp, one pistol and a bullet from the spot. Three policemen were also injured in the gun battle, claimed police. In Pirojpur, a reported gunfight with police at Kourikhara village of Sadar upazila around 2am left suspected drug trader Wahiduzzaman Ohid, 50, hailing from Nesarabad upazila, accused in eight drug cases, dead.

GM AbulKalam Azad, additional superintendent of Pirojpur police, said police recovered one pipe gun, 175 Yaba tablets, 50gm hemp and four cartridges from the spot.

Besides, Mizanur Rahman, 35, an accused in six cases, was killed in another 'gunfight' with police at Gotichara village of Mathbaria upazila around 1:30am.

Police recovered 2kg hemp, 50 Yaba tablets and four sharp weapons from the spot, said Mostafa Swapan, additional superintendent of Mathbaria circle. Three policemen were also injured in the incident. In Dhaka, an alleged top drug trader of the capital was killed in a 'gun battle' with members of Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) in Mirpur area in the early hours.

The deceased was identified as Nazrul Islam alias Nazu Sarder, 42, a listed top drug trader of Mirpur-6 Chalantika slum. He was accused in at least 22 cases filed with different police stations. The DB team recovered a pistol and 5,000 Yaba tablets from the spot, said sub-inspector Mizan of Rupnagar Police Station.

A special DB team (West Division) went on an anti-narcotics drive in Mirpur in the early hours. It raided a under-construction government staff quarters building near Chalantika crossing where a group of drug dealers was staying to hand over a consignment of Yaba pills.

Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the drug racket members opened fire on them and the detectives fired back, leading to a gun battle around 2:15 am.

At one stage, drug dealers fled the scene leaving Nazrul in a pool of blood. Nazrul was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he was declared dead.

The detectives also recovered one pistol, two bullets, one magazine and 5,000 Yaba pills from the spot. In Natore, a suspected drug trader, Khalekuddin, was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Baghnagarkandi in Singra upazila around 2am.

Police recovered drug items, one pistol and some bullets from the spot. Two Rab men were injured in the incident. In Pabna, Ejjat Ali Pramanik, 28, an accused in 14 cases, including that of murder, robbery, abduction and extortion, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Teghori Mahalla in Bera municipal area around 1:30am.

Zihadul Kabir, superintendent of Pabna Police, said police recovered a local shutter gun, four bullets and some drug items from the spot. Five policemen were injured in the incident, he claimed. In Chandpur, a suspected drug trader, Abu Sayeed Badshah alias Lal Badshah, 45, son of Abdur Rashid of Purba Gobindapur village in Faridganj upazila, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Boichatali around 2am.

Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Faridganj Police Station, said police recovered 111 Yaba tablets, a one-barrel pistol, three crude bombs and four bullets from the spot.

Badshah was an accused in 10 cases filed with different police stations, he said, adding that four policemen were injured in the gunfight.

In Satkhira, police recovered the bullet-riddled bodies of two suspected drug traders from Bankal-Agunpur area at Alipur union in Sadar upazila around 7am. One of the deceased was identified as Khalilur Rahman Puti, 35, son of Azgar Ali, of Bhomra village.

Prabir Kumar Das, sub-inspector of Sadar Police Station, said a team of police recovered the bodies from the area on information.

They also recovered one shooter gun, one bullet, a bottle of liquor and 105 bottles of Phensidyl. The SI said the drug traders might have been killed in a gunfight between two rival groups over sharing drug money.

In Jhenidah, Farid, 27, son of late Mohammad Ali of Paglakanai in the district town, and also an accused in nine drug cases, was killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of drug traders at Jar village around 1am. Emdadul Haque Sheikh, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said on information about a gunfight between the groups, a patrol team of police reached the spot.

Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the drug traders fled the scene. Later, police recovered the bullet-hit body from the spot. Besides, police recovered a foreign pistol and 20 bottles of Phensidyl. In Munshiganj, Sumon Biswas alias Kana Sumon, 36, son of Babul Biswas, an accused in 25 cases, was killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of drug traders at Murma village in Sadar upazila around 2:30am, said Gazi Salauddin, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.

Editor: Wang Shixue

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