Ten more suspected drug peddlers were killed in reported gunfights with members of the police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) as the anti-narcotics crackdown continues across the country.
Of them, two were killed in Cumilla and Dinajpur respectively, and one each in Mymensingh, Joypurhat, Chandpur , Pabna, Kurigram and Thakurgaon.
Besides, police recovered a bullet-hit body of a ‘drug peddler’ from Barguna.
According to reports, a total of 82 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ across the country since May 12.
In Cumilla, two suspected drug traders --Babul, son of Malek, resident of Ashabri area and Almas, son of Afaz Uddin, resident of Tetebhumi area, were killed in a reported gunfight with police in Bagra Ramchandapur area of Brahmanpara upazila around 2am.
Police said Babul was accused in 16 cases ehile Almas in eight.
The team recovered one pistol, 40 kg hemp from the spot.
Three policemen were said to have been injured in the gunfight.
In Mymensingh, a suspected drug trader, Shahjahan Miah, 30, son of Jasimuddin of Bongaon village in Ishwarganj upazila, and an accused in eight drug cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with detective branch of police at Athabari around 1:30am.
Badrul Alam Khan, officer-in-charge of Ishwarganj Police, said sub-inspector Mamun and assistant sub-inspector Mozaharul were also injured in the incident. The DB team also recovered 200 grams of heroine, five bullet shells and some other locals arms.
In Joypurhat, s suspected drug trader, Rintu, son of Abdul Jalil of Uttar Gopalpur village in Panchbibi upazila, was killed in a an alleged gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Bhimpur village around 12:30am.
Shamim Hossain, additional superintendent of Police and camp commander of Rab-5, said the Rab team recovered a one-barrel pistol, some bullets and a sack of Phensidyl.
Two Rab members were reportedly injured in the gunfight.
In Chandpur, a suspected drug trader, Bablu Ahmed, 42, son late Sultan Ahmed of Bolora village, and an accused in five drug cases, was killed in a so-called gunfight with police at Paragaon around 2:55am.
Police also recovered 120 Yaba pills from the spot.
In Pabna, a listed drug trader, Abdur Rahman, son of late Aser Uddin Sheikh, of Mahedrapur area in Sadar upazila, was killed in a purported gunfight with police around 2am.
Gautam Kumar Biswas, additional superintendent of Pabna Police, said police recovered a local made shutter gun, three bullets, four bullet shells and 200 Yaba tablets from the spot.
In Dinajpur, two suspected drug traders—Saddarul, son of Majibur Rahman of Nandail village, and Abdus Salam, son of Abdus Samad of Mohorarpur area of Sadar upazila—were killed in two gunfights with police and Rab.
Major Talukder Najmus Sakib, commanding officer of CPC camp-1 of Rab-13, said th
Saddarul was killed in the so-called gunfight with a Rab team in Basudebpur area.
The Rab team recovered two bags of hemp, 95 bottles of Phensidyl, a foreign pistol and four bullets.
Two Rab members were reportedly injured in the incident.
Besides, an unidentified drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with a team of police at Paschimpara in Sadar upazila, said Redwanur Rahim, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station.
Locals identified the 'drug trader' as Abdus Salam.
Police recovered 200 bottles of Phensidyl, a sharp weapon, some crude bombs, one pistol and bullets.
In Thakurgaon, a suspected drug trader, Mobarak Hossain Kutti, 45, son of late Safir Uddin of Chitchilarong village in Sadar upazila and an accused in 15 drug cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Paschim Begunbari union.
Abdul Latif Miah, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said that three policemen were injured in the gunfight.
Besides, five crude bombs, a cartridge of a pistol and several local arms were recovered from the spot.
In Kurigram, Ibrahim Ali, 34, son of late Insaf Ali of Banshjani village of Bhurungamari upazila, and an accused in four drug cases, was killed in reported gunfight with police, said Imtiaj Kabir, officer-in-charge of Bhurungamari Police Station.
In Barguna, Police recovered a bullet-hit body of suspected drug trader Sagir Khan from Jakirtobok area in Sadar upazila around 5am.
Masuduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said that Sagir, the listed drug trader was killed in a gunfight between two groups of drug traders.
Police also recovered a pipe gun, five round bullets and 100 Yaba tablets from the spot.