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Two killed in anti-drug drive in Mymensingh

Published on: 5:00 pm - Friday | June 22, 2018

 Currentnews.com.bd

At least two people have been killed in a “shootout” during an anti-drug drive conducted by police in Mymensingh.
The dead were Ali Hossain, 38, from Kanihari village in Tarakanda Upazila and Swapan Uddin, 35, from Dhanikhola village in Trishal Upazila.
 
Both of them were named in a series of cases involving homicide and other crimes, said police. 
 
More than 150 people have died in alleged gun battles since law-enforcement agencies started a nationwide anti-drug crackdown in May.
 
Being tipped off, police conducted a drive near Pir Sahib Rice Mill near Tarakanda-Phulpur Highway around 3am on Friday, said Ashikur Rahman, officer-in-charge of the Detective Branch in Mymensingh.
 
“The drug dealers opened fire on the police prompting them to retaliate,” he said. 
 
Police recovered a bullet-hit Ali Hossain once the drug dealers fled, and took him to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where a doctor declared him dead.
 
The OC said police recovered 200 yaba tablets, three bullet cases and two sharp weapons from the scene.
 
Ali was named in 25 cases involving robbery, theft and attacks on police.
 
Constable Selim and Tarakanda Police Station SI Khandaker Mamun were injured in the gunfight, OC Ashikur Rahman said. 
 
In a separate incident, Trishal Police Station chief Zakiur Rahman said drug dealers had a gunfight with police at around 3am in Bhatipara neighbourhood.
 
“Later, the body of drug dealer Swapan has been recovered from the scene,” he said.
 
Swapan was named in eight cases.
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