Two suspected criminals, including an expatriate Bangladeshi in Malaysia, were killed in separate gunfights with law enforcers in Kushtia and Narayanganj on Friday.
The expatriate, Shahin Ali, 30, died during a gun battle at Kosba in Shilaidaha upazila of Kushtia early Friday, said Kumarkhali Police OC Abdul Khalek.
Shahin was among eight people suspected of murdering Rakibul Islam, a 32-year-old Malaysia resident who was visiting his hometown in Kumarkhali.
Police said they raided Kosba Ghat early Friday after being tipped off about “a criminal gang” assembling in the area on the Padma river banks.
“The criminals started firing at the police, prompting them to fire back. The gang eventually retreated and left behind a bullet-ridden body,” said OC Abdul.
Shahin was declared dead at Kushtia General Hospital. His body was later identified by family members and locals.
Rakibul Islam was found dead in Kaligonga river on October 5 after being reported missing by his family.
Rakibul was on leave from his job in Malaysia, and returned to his village, Paharpur Schoolpara of Chapra Union, two months ago.
Rakibul’s father Montu Biswas filed a case with Kumarkhali Police at the start of this week.
Police’s investigation led to the arrest of Rakibul’s wife Naima Sultana and younger brother Rokibul Islam.
The police said Rokibul confessed in court that the he and Naima were having an affair and planned Rakibul’s murder by hiring professional killers.
In another incident, a suspected criminal Moniruzzaman Shahin alias ‘Banduk Shahin’, who was involved with BNP, was killed in an encounter with police in Galachipa Goalia Khal area in Narayanganj.
Additional Police Superintendent Md Sharfuddin said Shahin had been accused of a number of crimes, including murder.
“A police team raided the area at dawn. They were shot at by Shahin’s associates. The police fired back and Shahin died during the gun battle.”
“Detective Branch OC Mahbubur Rahman and SI Mizan have been injured in the firing. Shahin had 12 cases lodged against him in various police stations for murder, extortion, drugs and several other offences.”
The police recovered a foreign-made pistol and four rounds of ammunition from the site, he said.