Vol. 5 Num 400 Tue. July 12, 2005  
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3 'outlaws' killed in 'shootout'

Three top cadres of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) were killed in 'crossfire' between police and the operatives of the outfit in Kushtia's Kumarkhali upazila early yesterday.

With the latest deaths, the number of people killed in shootouts involving the law enforcers since June last year in the district stands at 72, so far the highest district-wise across the country.

Kumarkhali police said they arrested the three--Mohammad Ali, Adil Uddin alias Idu, and Yusuf Ali-- at a house in Sathpakia village on Sunday evening. Police also recovered a rifle, a shutter gun and 27 bullets from their possession.

Under interrogation, the arrested GMF operatives confessed to having more firearms hidden at various places throughout Kushtia, police added.

Following the leads, a police team took the three to village Betbaria at about 3.30am to recover the firearms. The policemen raided different areas of the village but to no effect. After the raid, as they were returning to police station, a band of GMF cadres lying in wait at Betbaria graveyard ambushed them at about 4.30am.

Police returned fire, triggering an hour-long gunfight. According to police, the arrestees while trying to escape from the police van got caught in the 'crossfire'. Mohammad and Adil died on the spot while Yusuf on the way to Kushtia General Hospital.

Police said Mohammad, 35, and Yusuf were accused in six cases including three for murder, and Adil in seven cases including two for murder.