Vol. 5 Num 816 Tue. September 12, 2006  

Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'

A Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) M-L faction leader and an alleged arms trader was killed in 'crossfire' during shootouts between their cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Khulna and in Pabna yesterday.

Operations Commander of PBCP M-L faction Mohammad Zahid Rony, 30, also known as Partha Saha, was killed around 3:00am at Sonadanga truck terminal in Khulna city during an encounter between his accomplices and Rab, our staff correspondent in Khulna reports.

Rony was arrested on Sunday at KDA Approach Road in Sonadanga Police Station area, according to a Rab press release.

During quizzing, Rony confessed to Rab about his involvement in the Rab patrol-van attack in last April at Sonadanga and several murders committed in the area. The press release further added that Rony used his fake name Partha Saha to extort money by asking people to send money to his cellphone account.

The release claimed a Rab team took Rony to the truck terminal area to recover hidden arms and arrest his cohorts. But as the team reached the spot, Rony's accomplices opened fire on them and hurled bombs at them.

Rab retaliated and Rony was bullet-hit when he tried to escape Rab custody. He died on the spot.

Joynal Abedin, an alleged arms trader, was killed during an 'encounter' between Rab and his cohorts in Ishwardi upazila in Pabna early yesterday, our correspondent in Pabna reports.

Rab sources said the elite crime busting force raided Laxmipasha Rice Mill of Muladuli union in Ishwardi upazila around 3:00am following a tip off.

Joynal's accomplices opened fire on Rab after Rab cordoned off the mill. The release said Rab was forced to retaliate.

Joynal received serious bullet injuries during the shootout. Rab rushed him to Pabna General Hospital where he died in the morning.

A locally made gun and a few bullets were recovered from the spot though none of the Joynal's cohorts could be arrested.

Joynal was accused in at least 11 criminal cases including two murder cases, Rab sources said.