Dhaka, Bangladesh
Eight unnatural deaths

Eight unnatural deaths

At least eight people, including four drug suspects, were killed in shooting and attacks by assailants in different parts of the country overnight till early Saturday. Four suspected drug dealers, two night guards and one cattle trader and a grocer are among casualties. Reports said two drug traders were killed in reported gunfights with police and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Kushtia and Chapainawabganj districts early Saturday. Besides, police also recovered the bullet-hit bodies of two suspected drug traders in Dinajpur and Cox's Bazar districts. In Kushtia, Shamsuddin Syam, 38, of Khemirdiyar in the upazila, who was wanted in eight drug-related cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Bakapool in Bheramara upazila. On information that a gang gathered for drug trading, police conducted a drive in the area around 3am, said Aminul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bheramara Police Station. "Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing police to retaliate that triggered a gunfight," he said. The gunfight left Shamsuddin injured with bullet. He was then taken to Bheramara Health Complex where doctors declared him dead. In Chapainawabganj, a suspected drug trader, Khairul Islam, 42, a resident of Chotigram, was killed in what was said to be a gunfight with Rab at Mollan Maath in Sundarpur of Sadar upazila around1:30am. The elite force later recovered a pistol, four bullets, 1 magazine and 117 bottles of Phensidyl from the spot. Four Rab members were also injured, said Syed Abdullah Al Murad, camp commander of Rab-5. In Dinajpur, Police recovered the bullet-hit body of a suspected drug trader from Belaichandi area in Parbotipur upazila around 3am. The deceased was identified as Abdur Rahim, son of Nurunnabi, a resident of Puratan rail gate area. He was wanted in several drug cases. Habibul Haque Prodhan, officer-in-charge of Parbotipur police station, said on information about a gunfight between two groups of drug traders, a team of police conducted a drive around 3am. They recovered the body from the spot. A shooter-gun, one round bullet, bullet shell, 100 Yaba tablets and 50 bottle Phensidyl were also recovered. In Cox's Bazar, police recovered the bullet-hit body of listed drug trader named Md Ismail from Kumari Bridge area in Chakaria upazila around 4am. Bakhtiar Uddin Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Chakaria Police Station, said on information about a gunfight between two groups of drug traders, police rushed to the spot and recovered the body. Two bullets, an LG and 450 Yaba tablets were also recovered from the spot. Police said Ismail, who was wanted in 6 drug cases, might have been killed following enmity between two groups over establishing supremacy. With the latest deaths, at least 146 people were killed in 'gunfights' with members of law- enforcement agencies while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun-battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since15 May. In Narayanganj, robbers looted valuables from three shops killing two night guards in Lakxamkhola madrasa stand area in Bandar upazila early Saturday. The deceased were identified as Raihan Uddin, 65, of Laxmankhola area and Abdul Motaleb, 55, of Chourapara area. A gang of robbers swooped on the shops and hit two night guards with a brick, leaving Raihan dead on the spot and Motaleb critically injured, said Shahin Mandal, officer-in-charge of Bandar Police Station. Later, the robbers looted valuables worth Tk 26 lakh from 'Satata Battery Mela', Satata Battery Servicing' and 'Bismillah Battery Store', claimed the owners of the shops. Injured Motaleb was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. In Thakurgaon, a Bangladesh national was shot dead by members of the Border Security Force (BSF) of India along Kanthaldangi border in Haripur upazila early Saturday. The deceased was identified as Ali Hossain, 18, son of Mostak Ali of Beldangi Kathaldangi village. Locals said BSF troops from Nargaon camp opened fire on a group of cattle traders along the border when they went there to bring cattle around 4 am, leaving Ali injured. Later, he succumbed to his injuries while other cattle traders were taking him to a local hospital. LT Col Mohammad Hossain, commanding officer of BGB-50 battalion, confirmed the incident. In Chuadanga, a grocery trader was hacked to death by unidentified assailants at Alamdanga upazila in the district on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Hasibul Islam, 30, son of Abdul Kuddus of Ailhas village in the upazila. Locals spotted the body in a field at Hossainpur village and informed police, said Abu Zihad Fakhrul Alam Khan, officer-in-charge of the Police Station. Later, police recovered and sent the body to local hospital morgue for autopsy, he added. Hasibul went out of home on Friday, like other days, but did not return home, said family members.

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