A drug suspect has died in a so-called shootout with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Hazaribagh area of Dhaka city.
The incident occurred at a RAB checkpost in front of Sikder Medical College in Hazaribagh in the early hours of Wednesday, said RAB-2 Company Commander Sheikh Nazmul Arefin.
The dead man has been identified as 38-year-old Nadim Bahadur from an ID card. He was a resident of the capital’s Hazaribagh area, reports bdnews24.com.
Nadim was implicated in nine drug-related cases, RAB said.
RAB was conducting searches at a checkpost near Sikder Medical when a motorcycle approached it at 4:15am, said Sheikh Nazmul.
“RAB officers signalled the vehicle to stop but the riders opened fire instead. As a result, the elite force was compelled to retaliate. A man was shot in the gunfight while another fled the scene with the motorcycle.”
The injured man was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the on-duty doctor declared him dead, said Nazmul.
A pistol, four rounds of bullets, and ‘several’ drugs have been recovered from the spot, he said.