Drive against drugs: 3 more suspects killed in Rajshahi, Gazipur

62

Dhaka, June 1: Another three suspected drug peddlers were killed in separate purported gunfights with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and DB police in Rajshahi and Gazipur on Thursday night and early Friday.According to the reports reaching at UNB news desk, with the latest one, some 101 people were killed during ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while 30 bodies of drug traders were recovered after reported gun battle among rival groups since May 15.

In Rajshahi, Belal and Nazmul, the top listed drug traders, according to the Home Ministry list, of Karamja village were killed in a ‘gun battle’ at Karamja village in Pabaupazila on Thursday night.

Tipped off, a team of Rab-5 conducted a drive in the area around 11 pm, said its deputy commander Major SM Ashraful Islam.

Sensing presence of the elite force, the alleged drug traders reportedly opened fire on the Rab troops.

When the elite force members fired back in ‘self-defence’, the ‘drug pushers’ fled the scene.

According to the Rab officials, they recovered two people injured with bullets and took them to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where doctors declared them dead.

Huge drugs and arms were also recovered from the scene, they claimed. They were wanted in several cases.

In Gazipur, Qamrul Islam Quamu, 38, a suspected drug peddler, was killed in a reported gunfight with DB police at Bhadun in Kaliganj upazila around 1:30 am, said officer-in-charge of DB Amir Hossain.

Police arrested Qamrul from Ulukhola area in the upazila along with 4,000 pieces of Yaba tablets and a private car on Thursday. He was wanted in 14 cases.

The gunfight took place as the associates of Qamrul opened fire on them while he was being taken  to DB office from Kaliganj Police Station, said Police.

Three policemen were injured during the gunfight.