11 more ‘drug peddlers’ killed in anti-narcotics drive

As the countrywide crackdown against drugs continues, eleven suspected drug dealers were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcers in the early hours of Tuesday.

During the reported gunfights between drug dealers and police or RAB members, two alleged drug peddlers were killed in Cumilla’s Aranyapur, two in Nilphamari, and one each in Netrokona, Narayanganj, Feni’s Lemua, Brahmanbaria, Chuadanga’s Alamdanga, Chattogram’s Bayezid, claimed the law enforcers.

Around 27 people, mostly suspected drug peddlers or drug addicts, were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcers across the country in the last 21 days as of Monday, said human rights body Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).

Of them, 10 were killed in ‘gun battles’ with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), eight with police and nine others with Detective Branch (BB) of police across the country during the period, according the ASK statistics.

A total of 18 suspected drug traders or drug addicts were killed in ‘gunfights’ with RAB and police across the country in the only last six days alone, it said.

According to the media reports, the rights watchdog said 2300 suspected drug peddlers or addicts have been arrested till May 15 during the ongoing anti-drug operation.

According to the ASK statistics, at least 102 people have been subjected to gunfights /cross fires or extrajudicial killings from January to May 21 this year, indicating a very alarming rise in extrajudicial killing in the country.

In Cumilla, two suspected drug traders—Peyar Ali, 24, and Sharif, 26– were killed in a reported gunfight with a joint team of law enforcers in Aranyapur area of Sadar upazila around 12:40am.

Being tipped off, a joint team of police and Detective Branch of police led by Additional Police Superintendent Tanvir Salehin Sumon conducted drive in the area.

Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, a gang of drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to retaliate which sparked off the gunfight, said Abu Salam Mia, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station.