2 criminals killed in ‘shootouts’

Two criminals were killed in “crossfire” and two police constables sustained injuries in separate incidents of gunfight with law enforcers in the capital and Pabna early yesterday.

The deceased were Mohammad Masud Hasan, 26, of Louhajang upazila under Munshiganj and Atiqul Islam, 35, of Badalgram village of Faridpur upazila in Pabna district.

Sources in Rab-10 said on information that a gang of criminals was preparing for committing a crime, they conducted a drive at Jurain Graveyard around 3:45am. Sensing trouble, the gang opened fire and hurled bombs on the elite force forcing them to retaliate.

Masud died on the spot while rest of the gang members escaped, said the sources, adding that the Rab team recovered a one-shooter gun and 13 bullets from the scene.

According to Rab and Shyampur police, Masud was a listed criminal and accused in five cases, including murder, extortion and arms dealing.

Meanwhile, Atiqul Islam, a leader of an outlawed organisation Bahini, was killed and two police constables were injured in a gunfight at Badalgram in Pabna district.

Police said a joint team of police and Rab raided Badalgram around 2:00am on information of a secret meeting of the outfit. As soon as the team reached the spot, the members of the group sprayed bullets on the law enforcers triggering a gun battle.

Atiq was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot, said police, adding that they recovered a gun and two bullets from the scene.

Police said Atiq was a convicted fugitive in four murder cases and wanted for several other offences.