Two suspected drug traders were killed in reported gunfights with police in Rajshahi and Narayanganj districts early Tuesday.
The deceased were identified as Alamin, son of Mohonlal of Harpur under Kashiadanga Police Station of Rajshahi city and Biplab, 32, son of Sultan Mia of Fatullah in Narayanganj city, reports UNB.
Golam Ruhul Kuddus, additional deputy commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police, said police conducted an anti-narcotics drive at Dam-5 of the Padma River around 3:30am.
Sensing their presence, drug peddlers opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back that triggered a gunfight, he said.
Later, police recovered Alamin's body from the river, he said, adding that he might have drowned while fleeing.
Three policemen also received injuries during the gunfight and they took primary treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, the police official claimed.
One shooter gun, two bullets and 79 bottles of Phensidyl syrup were recovered from the spot, he added.
Alamin was accused in a several narcotics cases, Mr Kuddus said.
Quamrul Islam, sub-inspector of Detective Branch (DB) of police in Narayanganj, said acting on a tip-off, a special DB team conducted a drive at a microbus stand of Chandmari in Fatulla around 3:00am.
Sensing their presence, drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back in self-defence that triggered a gunfight.
Later, Biplab was found dead on the spot, said the SI, adding that he was accused in 14 cases filed with Fatulla Police Station.
Three policemen were also injured in the gunfight.
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