Vol. 4 Num 77 Tue. August 12, 2003  
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Cops gun down two 'toll takers', mob lynches 'robber'

Two alleged extortionists were killed in a gunfight with police and a robber was lynched in Mirpur and Narinda in Dhaka yesterday, police and witnesses said.

They said Bulbul, 28, allegedly boss of a gang of extortionists, and Kuddus, 28, one of his accomplices, died in the shootout at Boxnagar on the Zoo Road in Mirpur in the morning.

At Narinda in Sutrapur, locals caught three robbers who were making a getaway with booty after a daylight heist in the locality, beat Biplob, 30, dead and seriously injured two others.

Before the shootout in Mirpur, Bulbul along with his accomplices Kuddus and Shahid rode to the Boxnagar residence of Alamgir Hossain, a contractor, by a motorcycle at around 8:30am.

The gang barged into the house of Alamgir, who was talking to his employees Manik, Mohiuddin, Jewel and Nannu, and asked the contractor to come out.

Fearing an imminent attack, Nannu tried to shield Alamgir, but Bulbul took no time to whip out a gun and fire six shots in a staccato burst of fire.

Nannu took a bullet in his left ear and another in the hip and is now undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

On hearing the alarm raised by Alamgir, a police team on patrol at Rainkhola Bazar raced towards the scene and met the fleeing gang at Section-1 in Mirpur.

Finding the police closing in on them, the gang made a U-turn and advanced about half a kilometre down a narrow lane where Bulbul and Kuddus pulled out their pistols and fired indiscriminate shots towards the law-enforcers.

The policemen returned fire and one of their bullets hit Kuddus in the hip who bled to death on the spot and another hit Bulbul in the abdomen who died from his wounds on the way to Suhrawardy hospital.

Shahid managed to escape unhurt.

Police recovered a 9mm pistol, a 7.65 bore pistol, a light gun, two magazines, five bullets, a spent bullet and a knife from the scene. They also seized the motorcycle and two mobile phone sets.

Three cases -- one for attacking the police, one for possessing illegal arms and the other for extortion -- were filed with the Mirpur Police Station.

Nannu told The Daily Star at the DMCH that Bubul called Alamgir a few days ago and demanded Tk 5 lakh.

As Alamgir refused to pay, he threatened him with death, he said.

"He (Bulbul) called Alamgir at 10:00pm yesterday (Sunday) and said his team would go to his house in the same night to collect the money," said Humayun Kabir Swapan, an employee.

Alamgir sent his wife and their child to a relative's house bracing for the gang. "We were guarding the house since then," he said.

Bulbul was accused of several counts of murder including that of Dulu in Mirpur on February 6, Mosiur Rahman at Shukrabad on April 4, Alam at Savar on August 17 last year and Sobhan at Mirpur on October 8 and Manik in Savar at the beginning of 2001.

He was punished with four years of imprisonment for attempting to kill businessman Shamsher Ali at his house on September 9 last year.

But no dossier on Kuddus was available immediately.

The residents of Boxnagar heaved a sigh of relief at the death of the gang chief who they say often tormented them with threats for money.

"He turned our lives miserable taking tolls regularly," said Arifur Rahman, an iron rod trader.

In the Sutrapur incident, a band of five robbers raided the residence of Zaniuddin Ahmed at Banianagar in the afternoon.

They robbed 12 tolas of gold and Tk 1.20 lakh in cash at gunpoint.

As the family cried for help soon after the robbers went out of the house, locals chased down the gang, caught Shafiqul Islam, 24, Saidul Islam Suman, 24, and Biplob and beat them up savagely.

The gangsters were rushed to the DMCH where Biplob died from his wounds at about 4:40pm. The rest were shifted to the Orthopedic Hospital.