Two ‘drug traders’ killed in ‘gunfights’

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Desk report, June 05: Two suspected drug traders were killed in reported gunfights with police in Bogura and Rangpur districts early Tuesday amid a countrywide crackdown on narcotics and its dealers.In Bogura, Rigan alias Liton, 32, son of Abul Kashem of Chawk Sutrapur and accused in five drug related cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Matidhali intersection in sadar upazila around 2:30am, UNB reports.

Sanatan Chakraborty, additional superintendent of Bogura police, said a police team conducted an anti-narcotics drive in the area around 2:30 am.

Sensing presence of the law enforcers, a gang of drug traders opened fire on them, prompting them to retaliate for self-defense that triggered a gunfight, police said.

At one stage, Rigan was caught in the line of fire and injured critically while others managed to flee the scene.

Later, he was taken to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital and died there.

In Rangpur, suspected drug trader Shajahan Hossain Dabir, 50, son of Sohrab Hossain of Tengtari village in Kaunia upazila was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Chotupur Banupara in Haragachi municipality area.

Shajahan was accused in several cases, said Saifur Rahman, additional superintendent of police adding that law enforcers recovered a pistol, 226 Yaba tablets and 173 bottle of Phensidyl syrup.