Suspected criminal dies in Jashore ‘shootout’

Published: January 09, 2019 12:56:09 | Updated: January 09, 2019 17:03:02

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A suspected criminal was killed in a reported shootout with police at Satnal Jora Bridge in Jashore’s Manirampur upazila in the early hours of Wednesday.

The dead man was identified as Billal Hossain, 19, son of Golam Mostafa of Fedaipur village in the upazila.

Shahidul Islam, officer-in-charge of Manirampur Police Station, said Billal abducted Zahid Hossain, a Class IV student of Gopalpur Primary School on January 6 and demanded Tk 0.5 million as ransom from his family over phone.

Later, a general diary was lodged with the police station.

On Tuesday, police arrested Billal tactfully while he went to withdraw the ransom money through 'bKash' in Keshabpur uapzila.

Following the confessional statements of Billal, police along with him went to the area to rescue Zahid at around 2:45am.

Sensing presence of law enforcers, Billal's associates opened fire on police, forcing them to retaliate in 'self-defense'.

At one stage, Billal was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot, reports UNB.

After the skirmish, police retrieved the body of Zahid from inside a sack and recovered a one-shutter gun and bullets from the spot.

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