Pabna, Oct 20 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Rajapur area of Sadar upazila early Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Tipu Sheikh, 45, son of AsarUddin, a resident of Kabirpur village in Sadar upazila, and was accused in eight drug cases.
Ruhul Amin, commanding officer of Rab-12, said that on information a team of Rab conducted a drive in an abandoned building of a cotton mill around 3:30am.
Sensing the presence of the Rab team, the gang members opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gun fight.
After the drug traders fled the scene, the Rab team found Tipu injured with bullet.
Later, he was rushed to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Two Rab members were also injured.
Police recovered a foreign revolver, five rounds of bullet and 770 Yaba tablets from the spot.
Benapole, Oct 20 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of drug peddlers allegedly over establishing supremacy at Choto Achra in Jashore’s Sharsha upazila on Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Abu Bakka, 35, son of Nur Islam of Dighirpar village in the upazila.
However, deceased’s wife Safia Khatun Safi claimed that her husband was a helper of a local truck driver.
Some people identifying themselves as police, picked Bakka up from RN Road in Jashore on October 17 and since then he remained missing, she alleged.
Masud Karim, officer-in-charge of Benapole Port Police Station said locals spotted the body in the morning and informed police.
Police recovered the bullet-hit body and sent to Jashore General Hospital for autopsy, he said.
The OC claimed there are 12 cases against Bakka filed with Benapole and Sharsha Police Stations.
Thakurgaon, Oct 20 (UNB) – A Bangladeshi national was gunned down by members of Border Security Force (BSF) of India in Kantibhita border in Baliadangi upazila early Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Md Rabbani, son of Pashiruddin Pashir of Taranjubari village.
Locals said that the BSF members of Hatkhola camp opened fire on a group of cattle traders, including Rabbani, when they went to border pillar no 385/5 around 4 am, leaving him dead.
Lt Col Tuhin Md Masud, commanding officer of Thakurgaon BGB-50 battalion, said that he heard the incident and now investigating the matter.
Munshiganj, Oct 19 (UNB) – A sub-inspector of police and his two accomplices were detained for trying to snatch hilsa from fishermen by intimidating them of the ongoing government ban on netting those from Padma river in Lauhajang upazila on Friday.
Locals and fishermen detained SI Sohel of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), also a resident of Jainashar village in Sirajdikhan upazila of the district, and his associates Md Mohon, 24, Liton Shekhor, 22.
Officer-in-charge of Laohajang Police Station Liakat Ali said locals handed over the trio to the police station after detaining them when they were trying to grip the fishes from the fishermen.
Sohel was produced before the court soon after a case was filed against him on Friday, the OC added.
The allegation was found to be true after primary investigation, said Additional Police Super of Laouhajang Kazi Maksuda Lima.
However, the government put a ban on netting hilsa from 7 October to 28 October.
Munshiganj, Oct 19 (UNB) – A farmer in Munshiganj is said to have grown the world’s biggest potato on his farm in Sirajdikhan, pending verification by the Guiness World Records organization.
Farmer Belayet Hossain of Nateshwar village under Malkhannagar union planted the red ‘Sindhi’ variety of sweet potato on cropland that he filled with river sand and harvested the crop after six months last Wednesday when he came across the remarkable discovery.
Weighing in at a whopping 7.7kg, if verified it would dwarf the current record held by British farmer Peter Glazebrook, whose name is in the books for having grown the world’s largest sweet potato in 2010 that weighed just 3.76kg - less than half of Belayet’s one.
“As far I know, the biggest sweet potato grown in the country till now would have been 1-1.5kg. No sweet potato that big (as Belayet’s) is known to grow here,” said Subodh Chandra Roy, an officer of the local Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
Subodh, however, preferred to let the scientific officers of DAE describe some of the more technical aspects more elaborately, he added.
Meanwhile, Belayet Hossain’s home in Nateshwar witnessed a constant flow of visitors from different areas of the country throughout the day again on Thursday, all excited to catch a glimpse of the giant potato.
At that size, it would be hard to miss.