2 suspected Purba Bangla Communist Party members killed in Satkhira ‘shootout’

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Satkhira, March 12:  Two members of left radicals known as Purba Bangla Communist Party have been killed in an encounter with police at Satkhira’s Tala upazila.

The gunfight took place early Sunday at 3:00am of Rahimabad village under Khalilnagar union of Tala upazila.

The deceased were identified as Biddut Bacchar, chief of Biddut Bahini and son of Kanai Bacchar at Magura Danga village of Tala upazila and his associate Talha Sheikh, son of Nur Islam at Sujonsaha village of the same upazila.

Police said Bachharh headed the ‘Bidyut Bahini’ faction of the now defunct Purba Bangla Communist Party and Talha was his close associate.

Officer in-Charge of Tala Thana Hasan Hafizur Rahman said: “Acting on a tip-off that a group of terrorists were staying there, two teams of police conducted a drive in the area. Sensing the presence of policemen, they opened fire. In retaliation, policemen fired back that triggered a gunfight.

OC Rahman said that police was informed by a source that a gang of ‘Bidyut Bahini’ had gathered in Laxman Das’ mango orchard.

“They started firing and lobbing bombs as police approached the orchard. Police retaliated forcing the militants to flee, but they left behind the two bodies,” Rahman said.

Police recovered two firearms, four crude bombs, a machete and a hammer from the spot.

ASI Safiuzzaman and Constable Najmul sustained injuries and were given first aid after the encounter, OC Rahman said.

Later, the elite force recovered two bodies from the spot while the others managed to flee the scene.

The bodies have been sent for autopsy to Satkhira Sadar Hospital.