Vol. 5 Num 633 Fri. March 10, 2006  
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3 killed in 'crossfire'

A Juba League activist, an outlaw and a robber were killed in separate incidents of "crossfire" in Savar, Jhenidah and Bagerhat early yesterday.

The dead are Iman Ali, a member of Dhaka district committee of Juba League, Nurul Islam alias Nuru alias Rocky, a top leader of the Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), and Mohon Molla, a robber.

UNB says Rapid Action Battalion arrested Iman Ali, 40, on Wednesday on the premises of Dhaka Judge Court. He was taken to Khagan village in Savar in the early hours yesterday to recover hidden firearms.

According to Rab, Iman Ali was killed in "crossfire" in a shootout between his accomplices and the Rab members during the operation. Rab recovered a sawn-off rifle, a pipe gun and four bullets from the spot.

Iman Ali was wanted in a number of murder and other criminal cases, Rab sources said.

Police arrested Janajuddho leader Nurul Islam at Baka village of Jibonnagar upazila of Chuadanga district on Wednesday. After interrogation he was taken to Shuti-Durgapur village in Jhenidah Sadar upazila to recover firearms.

The superintendent of police at Jhenidah said a shootout occurred when a police team took the outlaw to the village at about 3:45am yesterday. Nurul was killed and constables Shafiqul and Masum were injured during the shootout.

One pipe gun and six bullets were retrieved from the spot, reports our Magura correspondent.

Rab arrested Mohon Molla, a notorious robber of the Sundarbans, at Kumarkhali village in Mongla upazila of Bagerhat on Wednesday. He was taken to West Govindapur village under Rampal upazila in the early hours yesterday to recover firearms.

According to Rab, Mohon Molla, 49, was killed in "crossfire" in a shootout between the robbers and the Rab members at the village during the arms recovery operation, reports our staff correspondent at Khulna.

One pipe gun, one air gun and four bullets were recovered from the spot.

Rab sources said Mohon Molla had been wanted in 10 criminal cases filed with different police stations of Bagerhat and Khulna districts.