Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader and an alleged robber were killed in separate gunfights with police in Kushtia and Barishal districts early Tuesday.
In Kushtia, a suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Adarbaria Chochua bil in Kumarkhali upazila early Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Emdad Khunkar, 38, son of Rafiuddin Khunkar of Karimpur village. He was accused in several drug cases, said A K M Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Kumarkhali Police Station.
Being informed that a gunfight between two groups of drug trader was going on, a team of police conducted the drive in the area, said the OC.
Sensing the presence of police, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.
After the gunfight, police rescued Emdad as bullet injured.
Later, he was rushed to Kushtia General Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Police recovered a foreign-made pistol, three round bullets and 100 Yaba tablets from the spot.
In Barishal, alleged robber Mamun Sarder, 27, son of Malek Sarder of Khunna area in Hijla upazila, was killed in the reported gunfight with police in Kazirhat area of Mehendiganj upazila around 2 am.
Abdul Khalek (PPM), officer-in-charge (investigation) of Kazirhat Police Station, said that a case was filed in connection with a robbery incident at the house of one Panna Mir on February 5.
Later, police arrested Rasel in this connection, said the OC.
Following Rasel’s confession that the robbery was planned by Mamun, a team of police in a drive arrested Mamun from Muladi bridge area around 8pm on Monday.
After gleaning information from Mamun, a team of law enforcers conducted the drive to recover the robbed goods around 2 am.
Sensing the presence of police, Mamun’s associates opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight which left Mamun bullet injured.
Later, the injured was taken to Muladi Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Saiful Islam, superintendent of Barishal police, said that Mamun was accused in several cases including that of robbery.
A one shooter gun, a pipegun, two-round rifle bullets, two-round pistol bullets, several bullet shells, two machetes and several masks were recovered from the spot.
Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – Another victim of the Chawkbazar fire died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) here early Tuesday, taking the death toll from the incident to 69.
Sohag, 22, succumbed to his injuries at the burn unit of the hospital around 1:45am, said DMCH police camp in-charge Inspector Bachchu Mia.
Earlier, Anwar Hossain, 55, a rickshaw-puller and son of Ali Hossain of Rajbari, succumbed to his burn injuries at the hospital around 10pm Monday.
A total 67 people were killed and around 41 others injured in the devastating fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through four other adjacent buildings in the city’s Chawkbazar area on February 20.
Firefighters recovered the 67 bodies from the spot after the fire was doused around 6am on February 21.