2 ‘drug dealers’ killed in Tangail, Rangpur gunfights

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Desk report, June 03: Two suspected drug traders were killed in reported gunfights in Tangail and Rangpur districts early Sunday amid the countrywide anti-narcotics drive.The deceased are Ruhul alias Kailya Ruhul from Tangail and Rafiqul Islam Opi, 45, son of a certain late Ahsan Ali of Haragachhi municipality area in Kaunia upazila of Rangpur.

With the death of Ruhul and Opi, the number of killed has risen to 131 during the anti-narcotics drives across the country in the last 20 days.

Of the 131, a total of 68 people were killed in alleged gunfights with police and DB members, 34 with RAB and 29 were killed during gunfights between rival groups, claimed law enforcement agencies.

In Tangail, suspected drug dealer Ruhul was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) during an anti-narcotics drive in Golra village of Kalihati upazila early Sunday.

The gunfight took place around 2:00am which left Ruhul dead on the spot, said RAB-12 company commander Nazmul Alam.

Two RAB men were also injured in the gunfight, he added.

In Rangpur, suspected drug dealer Rafiqul Islam Opi was killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of drug traders.

On information of the ‘gunfight’, police rushed to the spot and recovered Rafiqul’s body, said Saifur Rahman, additional superintendent of district police.

The law enforcement also recovered two pistols, a sharp weapon, 40 bottles of Phensedyl and 225 pieces of yaba tablets.