Two alleged criminal were killed in 'shootouts' between Rapid Action Battalion and the 'criminals' in Sirajganj and Narayanganj early yesterday. The deceased were identified as Abdul Mannan, 40, of Subarnachhara village of Belkuchi upazila in Sirajganj and Fayez Ahmed, 30, of Munshiganj.
Mannan, regional leader of Lal Pataka, a faction of banned outfit Purba Banglar Communist Party, was convicted in a murder case while Fayez an accused in several criminal cases. Acting on a tip off, a Rab team raided Kadamtoli area of Belkuchi upazila where Mannan and his cohorts were holding a meeting in a brick kiln around 3:15am, reports the Daily Star's Sirajganj correspondent as told by the elite force.
Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the activists of the outlawed outfit opened fire at the law enforcers pushing them to retaliate, claimed Rab, adding that Mannan was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot. His body was sent to Sirajganj Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Meanwhile, a Rab team challenged a gang of eight to 10 men in Tribardi area of Sonargaon upazila around 3:00am when they were allegedly preparing for a robbery, report published by the Daily Star.
Rab claimed that fearing arrests, the criminals started shooting at the law enforcers leaving the force no choice but to strike back. Fayez caught a bullet during the gunfight and died on the spot while the rest of the gang fled. Rab recovered a revolver, a locally made gun and a sharp weapon from the spot.