The wife of one of the deceased claimed that there was no shootout and that her husband was most probably picked up by law enforcers the evening before.
Detectives claimed that they had been looking for deceased Ramzan Ali, who has 93 criminal cases filed against him, and Rakib Hossain Aqmal, with six cases filed against him recently.
According to the case filed in connection with the deaths, the detectives stumbled upon the two while on patrol. It said the deceased muggers along with a gang of five to six people were waiting to ambush people in front of T&T School and College in Motijheel around 2:45am.
In the words of the detectives, the criminals started firing at police and the law enforcers retaliated. Ramzan and Aqmal were killed by the criminals' gunfire during the shootout, the case statement read.
However, sources at Dhaka Medical College morgue said the two had been shot in the head and chest from the front at close range, not from behind. They said the duo were shot 10 times and five of the bullets fired from two guns were still lodged in the bodies.