A suspected rapist was killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) near Pirgachha Bazar of Rajshahi's Puthia upazila early Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Ekhlas Uddin, 20, son of Kashem Mia of Gandagohali village of Puthia.
Officer-in-Charge of Puthia Police Station Rezaul Islam said Ekhlas violated his sister-in-law who is a seventh grader on January 25. Later, the victim took her own life. Her father filed a case with Puthia Police Station after his daughter’s death, the OC said..
Quoting Rab members, he said as Ekhlas was also a drug trader, law enforcers went to arrest him at Pirgachha village.
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As soon as the Rab team reached the spot, Ekhlas opened fired shots at them, triggering a gunfight, the OC said.
He was taken to the upazila hospital after the skirmish where doctors declared him dead.
Rab members also seized a pistol, two bullets, a shooter gun and 480 pieces of Yaba pills from the deceased’s possession, he added.