A suspected leader of extremist gang 'Lal Potaka' was killed in a reported gunfight with police near Dhopaghat Boro Bridge in Pabna Sadar upazila on early Monday.
The deceased was identified as Md Abul Hossain alias Abu Nakshal, 55, son of late Golam Uddin of Purba Raghabpur. He is the district commander of the gang and accused in nine cases filed with Sadar Police Station.
Police Super of the district, Sheikh Rafiqul Islam said police arrested Abul Hossain from Purbo Raghobpur area on Sunday.
Acting on his information, a team of police conducted a drive in the area to recover arms around 3:05am.
Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the gang members opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, which triggered the gunfight, UNB reported citing the official.
When the gang fled the scene 15 minutes after the gunfight, police spotted the bullet-hit body of Abul Hossain on the spot.
They also recovered one revolver, four bullets, six cartridge and bullet shells from the scene.