Twenty-seven people have so far been killed in extrajudicial incidents after the High Court on December 4, 2009 asked the authorities not to kill any more people in ‘crossfire’ or ‘encounter’ until it hears a rule it issued suo moto on the government in connection with extrajudicial killing.
The men killed in ‘crossfire’ on Wednesday were Mohammad Alauddin, 32, and Suman Rahman, 27, residents of Gendaria, Rahat Ali, 30, a resident of Mirpur while ultra-left outfit operative Milon Fakir alias Jibon, 30, a resident of Shimulia in the Kushtia district headquarters. In Dhaka, the battalion said its team raided the Albert High School ground at Gendaria about 3:00am on information that some miscreants were holding a meeting there.
Based on the statement of a suspected mugger arrested earlier, the police said they had raided the Pallabi Eastern Housing area about 2:45am. As the lawmen approached, the gang who were inside a car fired into the lawmen, who fired back. After a gunfight for half an hour, the police found Rahat dead. The police also seized a pistol from the place. The police also seized the car. Rahat’s associates, however, managed to get away, the police said.
As the lawmen approached, the gang fired into the lawmen, who fired back. Milon was caught in the ‘crossfire’ and died on the spot and his associates managed to get away, the police said. The policemen seized a gun and six bullets from the spot.