Saturday, October 24, 2015

Man killed in ‘shootout’ with Rab in Dhaka

By Bangladesh Media; A man was killed in an alleged gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion at Badda in the capital early yesterday. The elite force claimed that the dead, Jahirul Islam alias Jahir, 32, was facing several cases, including murder and extortion.
Lt Col Tuhin Mohammad Masud, commanding officer of Rab-1, said the “shootout” took place after one of their patrol teams rushed to a road near Sun Valley Housing project around 1:30am. They had information that a group of criminals had gathered there.
Sensing Rab presence, the criminals started to fire indiscriminately at the law enforcers, prompting them to retaliate with gunshots, triggering the “gun-battle”. At one stage, the attackers fled leaving one of their cohorts Jahir, who was critically injured, at the spot, claimed Tuhin.
He was declared dead after being taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Rab claimed to have recovered two bullets, a magazine, a pipe gun and a machete from the scene. Two Rab members, who were injured in the operation, took primary treatment at Kurmitola General Hospital, according to the crime busters. 
Nilufer Yeasmin, sister of the “shootout” victim, said they identified the body at the DMC morgue around noon, learning about the incident on television. "My brother lived in Damudhya upazila of Shariatpur but he used to come to Dhaka quite often. As far as I know, he was just a driver,” she said.
Rab, however, claimed Jahir had been arrested several times before for his involvement in different types of criminal activities in Badda and Rampura areas.
At least 106 people were killed in such “crossfire” or “gun-fights” with law enforcement agencies from January to September this year, according to statistics of Ain o Salish Kendra available on its website.

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