Two men with suspected ties to drug trafficking have been killed in separate shootouts with RAB in Feni.
The dead have been identified as Kabir Hossain, 37, and Sumon alias Lal Sumon, 32.
Kabir hailed from Chandpur’s Ichchhapur village in Shahrasti upazila while Sumon was from Kathaltala village of Dharmapur union in Feni sadar upazila.
One of the shootouts took place on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway in Feni’s Lemua area on early Wednesday while the other was reported from Sultanpur area, said RAB-7 Camp Company Captain Squadron Leader Shafayet Jamil Fahim.
He briefed the media that a Dhaka-bound covered van from Teknaf was trying to flee through a regional route avoiding a RAB checkpoint at Lemua. The criminals opened fire on RAB when the elite force chased them. Then, the RAB fired back, he said.
Kabir was found wounded and rushed to Feni Sadar Hospital, where the doctors declared him dead.
RAB recovered 80,000 yaba pills, a shotgun and seven bullets from the scene.
On the other hand, a RAB team conducted an operation at Sultanpur after receiving a tip-off that Sumon who was named in the home ministry’s list was preparing a large drug shipment, Fahim said.
“Sensing the presence of RAB in Bhandari Pukur Par area, Sumon opened fire on them. The elite force retaliated in self-defence. Sumon was hit by bullets during the gunfight.”
He was taken to Feni Sadar Hospital, where the doctors declared him dead, the RAB official said.
Sumon was named in 12 cases, including three drug trafficking charges filed with Feni Model Police Station, he added, reports bdnews24.
A pistol, a revolver, a shotgun, ammunition and 4,000 yaba pills were recovered from the scene.