a drive in Chardoani area around 3:30am and challenged a trawler carrying a gang of pirates. They were heading for deep sea to commit piracy, said Rab sources.
At one stage the gang, locally known as Daktar Bahini, opened fire on the elite force members, prompting them to fire back. Gang leader Manik Daktar, 45 and Jahangir Hossain, 44, were caught in the line of fire and died on the spot, while the others managed to escape jumping into the river.
Rab seized the trawler and also recovered 15 firearms, including 12 shooter guns, one shotgun, one single barrel gun and one air gun, 463 bullets of air gun and some sharp weapons from the trawler. Officer-in-Charge Shohrab Hossain of Patharghata Police Station said Manik and Jahangir were accused in various cases, including murders, extortions and piracies, filed with different police stations in Barguna.
One outlaw were killed in Pabna yesterday in an incident of "gunfight". The deceased were identified as Faruk Ahmed Paban, 40, a central leader of Lal Pataka faction of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML).
Paban was killed in a 'shootout' between Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and his accomplices in Ishwardi upazila early yesterday. Paban hailed from Baraichara village in the upazila, and he was accused in several cases including those for murder and robbery, Rab said.
Commander of Rab-12 Pabna Camp Lt Commander TAH Mahmud said acting on a tip off that Paban was holding a secret meeting with his accomplices at a field in his village, they conducted a raid in the area. Sensing this, the gang opened fire on the Rab men, prompting them to retaliate with fire.
After a "gunfight" for about 20 minutes, Rab found Paban lying in a pool of blood, Mahmud added. Paban's accomplices managed to flee the spot leaving three guns and eight bullets, Rab said.
|Dead body of Rashed (Left) and Faruk Ahmed Paban. Photo: Amar Desh|
An alleged 'criminal', Rashed Uddin Chowdhury Babar, was killed in a "gunfight" with the members of Rab-7 in Kalabagan area of Eidgah union in Cox's Bazar Sadar upazila early yesterday morning. Babar, 35, was from Mehernama village. His family alleged that it was a planned killing.
Babar was son of late freedom fighter Master Syedul Alam Chowdhury of Uttar Maijpara village under Eidgah union. He was joint convener of an organisation titled Amra Muktijoddhar Santan at Cox's Bazar, and a former leader of upazila Chhatra League, members of the family said. An autopsy of Babar was conducted at Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue, and he was buried at their family graveyard.