A suspected drug peddler was killed in a “gunfight” with the Rapid Action Battalion in the city’s Khilkhet area early yesterday.
Deceased Anwar Hossain, 34, a resident of Khilkhet, was accused in 18 drug-related cases and a rape case, said Md Kamruzzaman, assistant director of Rab-1.
He said a team of Rab-1 carried out a raid in Khilkhet’s Barural around 2:00am after receiving information that a group of drug peddlers was gathering there for trading drugs.
Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the criminals opened fire at them. The Rab members fired back, triggering the “gunfight”, Kamruzzaman added.
At one stage, Anwar was hit by bullets. However, his accomplices managed to flee, said the Rab official.
Anwar was taken to Kurmitola General Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Kamruzzaman claimed that a Rab man sustained minor injuries in the incident. The elite force recovered four arms, 34 bullets, and 1,950 yaba pills from the spot.
The Rab official said Anwar used to supply drugs to Khilkhet and its adjacent areas.