Suspected drug trader killed in Rajshahi ‘gunfight’

Rajshahi, July 16 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police in the city early Tuesday.

The deceased was identified as Alamin, son of Mohonlal of Harpur under Kashiadanga Police Station in the city.

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 OC claimed, adding that one shooter gun, two bullets and 79 bottles of Phensidyl syrup were recovered from the spot.

Alamin was accused in a several narcotics cases, the OC said.