A suspected robber was reportedly killed in a “gunfight” with members of Detective Branch (DB) of police in Sayestabad union of Barishal sadar upazila early Sunday.
The identity of the deceased could not be known yet. Police claimed the deceased was a member of robber gang.
Confirming the information, Kawnia Police Station Officer-in-Charge Nurul Islam said: "A few days ago, couples of houses were robbed in Shayestabad area. Police surveillance was enhanced in the areas on the basis of intelligence reports that more robbery could occur before Eid-ul-Fitr."
"A team of DB police conducted a drive to capture robbers after suspecting a light in a river adjacent to Shayestabad. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the robbers opened fire at detectives, forcing them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight,” he added.
"At one stage, the deceased was caught in the line of fire,” he said further.
Police claimed that at least three detectives were injured in the drive who have been admitted to Barisal Medical College Hospital.