Sayeed Muhammad: Yet another nine people have been killed in so called gunfights across the country, raising the tally of the people subjected to shootout deaths to 35 in last five days.
Law-enforcement agencies said they engaged in gun battles with the people, all drug traffickers, in eight districts overnight yesterday, BDnews24.com.
Two people have been killed in Kushtia in an alleged shootout with police while one person died in Jamalpur, Cumilla, Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon and Rangpur each. One was killed in Feni and Gaibandha apiece after trade of bullets with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).
The elite force and the police said all of them were involved in drug trafficking, with some of them named in multiple narcotics cases.
Although they disapprove the prevalence of drug in the country, rights bodies expressed their anxiety over the killings and the way the law-enforcement agencies are containing drug-traffickers. They demanded that these extrajudicial killings end by any means.
The duo killed in Kushtia are two top-listed drug dealers – Fatik alias Gaffar Sheikh, 37, and Liton Sheikh, 40.
Mosharraf Hossain Bidyut, 48, who was sued in 16 cases, was killed in Jamalpur, while 5-year-old Mohammad Faruk died in Feni.
In Gaibandha, Raju Miah, 36, was killed in a gun-battle with the RAB in the early hours of Wednesday. A identified as Nurul Islam Iska alias Isa, son of Abdul Jalil of Gazipur village, accused in 11 narcotics cases, was killed in Cumilla.
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