A suspected drug trader has been killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Muradpur in the port city’s Panchlaish area.
The deceased is--Ashim Roy Babu, 29, son of Gurusdoy Roy, of Banshkhali upazila in the district.
Confirming the news, Mimtanur Rahman, assistant director (media) of Rab-7, said: "Acting on a tip-off, Rab-7 members raided the area in order to arrest some drug traders around 11:45 pm on Thursday. At one stage the elite force members challenged a private car."
"Despite responding to our signal, the criminals opened fire on our members from inside the car that triggered a gunfight. Ashim Babu caught in the line of fire and died on the spot while his cohorts fled the scene," he added.
One pistol and huge drugs were recovered from the spot.