Two killed in Mymensingh, Jashore ‘gunfights’

Two suspected drug traders were killed in separate incidents of reported gunfights in Mymensingh and Jashore early Wednesday.

In Mymensingh, Jalal Uddin, 38, a suspected drug trader, was killed in ‘gunfight’ with police at Habirbari in Bhaluka early Wednesday, reports the UNB.

Being informed that a gang of drug peddlers were dealing with drugs at Khandakar Para, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police in association with members of Bhaluka Model Police Station conducted a raid there around 2:30am, said Ashiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge of district DB police.

Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the criminals hurled brickbats and then opened fire targeting the policemen, prompted them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight.

Later, police recovered the body of Jalal from the spot, said the OC.

The law enforcers also recovered 200 pieces of Yaba tablets, four bullet shells, one sharp weapon and one motorbike from the spot.

Jalal was wanted in six several cases, said police.

In Jashore, an unidentified young man, aged around 35 years, suspected to be a drug trader, was found dead on Chougaccha-Jashore road at Chanda Afra in Chougaccha upazila around 2:30am.

Being informed that two gangs of drug traders were exchanging bullets, a team of police went there and recovered the bullet-hit body, said Shamim Uddin, officer-in-charge of Chougaccha Police Station.

However, sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the traders managed to flee the scene, police said.

The body was sent to Jashore General Hospital morgue for an autopsy. Two bullets, one pistol and 3.5kgs of hemp were recovered from the spot, said the OC.

With the latest, at least 123 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while 38 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.