Man killed in ‘gunfight’

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A man was killed in what the law enforcers called gunfight with a team of detective branch of police at Kalibari in Mymensingh early Sunday, reports UNB.

The deceased Lalu Miah, 45, was a suspected drug trader according to the detective branch of police.

On information, a team of detectives conducted a drive at Kalibari Ghudaraghat Balur Char around 1:30am, UNB quoted Shah Kamal Akanda, officer-in-charge of district DB police, as saying.

Sensing the presence of police, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.

After the gunfight, the police team rescued Lalu as bullet hit.

Later, he was rushed to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.

Police also recovered 150 gram heroin, 300 Yaba Tablets from the spot, said the OC adding that Lalu was accused in about 8 drug related cases.

Lalu’s daughter Sathi Akhter claimed that her father was missing from 1 March.

Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incidents independently as no version of them was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victims’ family.

According to the human rights group, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a total of 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.

In January 2019, the number of such killing was 23, the rights body said on its website

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