Vol. 5 Num 215 Fri. December 31, 2004  
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2 outlaws, criminal killed in crossfire

Four people including two outlawed political operatives died in alleged crossfire between law enforcers and their associates in the capital and the south-west region yesterday.

Jahangir alam Baker, 30, a listed criminal of Shyampur area, died in 'shootout' between Rapid Action Battalion(Rab) and his associates last night at city's Jurain.

A Rab-2 team arrested him in Jurain Wednesday night and took him to Ikuria area in East Jurain at around 9:00pm yesterday to recover illegal firearms, said Rab sources.

"When the Rab team reached Ikuria at 9:20 last night, Baker's accomplices opened fire on them in a bid to snatch him," Rab-2 Superintendent Shamsur Rahman told The Daily Star.

Baker while trying to flee the scene got shot and died immediately. Rab recovered a .32 bore revolver, a local gun, six .303 bullets and four shotgun cartridges.

Baker was accused in two cases for murder, two for robbery and 11others for different charges.

earlier in the day, another criminal died reportedly in shootout between police and his accomplices in the city's Kotwali area.

Kotwali police arrested Sohrab Hossain, 35, in Babubazar on Wednesday. He stood accused in at least nine cases including one for murder.

Following information extracted from him police raided Savar area at around midnight and arrested five people and recovered five CNG-run three wheelers that had been reported stolen from different places in the city, said police.

Later at around 3:00am, when police took him to the embankment behind Mitford Hospital, Sohrab's accomplices fired on the police team, said Kotwali police.

Police returned fire prompting a shootout at one stage of which Sohrab received a bullet in the left eye. Sohrab's accomplices, however, managed to flee the scene, said police.

Sohrab was rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead at 5:30am. Morgue sources said the bullet pierced his eye and got out through the back of his head.

Kotwali police said Sohrab, who used to reside at Dagair in Demra, was involved with a carjackers' ring in the city.

Nurul Islam alias Goor Shohel, a top cadre of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF), was killed in 'crossfire' with police in Kushtia early yesterday.

Earlier a Rab-1 team arrested him in Shawrapara area of Dhaka on Wednesday night. During interrogation by Rab-1 men, Shohel confessed to having firearms hidden at a housing area of Kushtia town. Rab-1 left Dhaka in the following morning and handed him over to Kushtia Sadar police.

Later a team of Kushtia police taking Shohel with them went to raid the housing area to retrieve the firearms. As they reached near a graveyard in the area at about 2:45am, GMF cadres opened fire on them. Police fired in return that resulted in a half-hour gunfight.

Shohel got caught in the crossfire when he tried to escape from the police van. He died on the spot.

Police retrieved one light gun and 10 bullets from the scene of the shooting. Police said Shohel stood accused in a number of murder cases filed with Sadar Police Station.

A 'shootout' between Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) and cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) left Santosh Kumar Mondol, a regional leader of the outfit, dead at village Mirzapur in Kalia upazila early yesterday.

Two Rab members were also injured in the incident.

Rab sources said they arrested Santosh in Maragati village on Wednesday night. Later he under interrogation admitted to possessing a number of firearms hidden in different places at village Mirzapur in the district.

Following the leads, a Rab team went to recover the arms taking Santosh with them. But as they reached Mirzapur village at about 4:00am, PBCP men fired on them. Rab returned fire and a bloody gunfight followed. Sontosh died on the spot as he tried to flee the scene, Rab said.

Rab recovered one foreign made pistol, one revolver, one shot gun and 32 bullets from the spot.

Police said Santosh was involved with the outfit for 20 years and accused in 15 cases, 10 of which were for murders.