At least five people were shot dead and 25 injured as Rapid Action Battalion members opened fire during a clash with opposition men in Laxmipur town this morning.
Protesting the deaths, the activists of BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance along with locals cordoned off the Rab members in the local police lines area since noon.
A helicopter sent from Dhaka airlifted the elite force members from the police lines around 3:00pm, reports a correspondent from Laxmipur.
A tense situation has been prevailing in the district town.
The opposition has called a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the district for Saturday.
The deceased were identified as Iqbal Mahmud Jewel, senior vice-president of district Juba Dal; Shihab Hossain, a Shibir activist; Sumon, Juba Dal activist; Mahbubur Rahman, a business man; and an unnamed youth aged around 30.
Body of Juba Dal leader Jewel was still missing, the family alleged.
The problem erupted when a team of Rab conducted a raid at the house of district BNP General Secretary Sahabuddin Sabu around 6:00am.
Being resisted by the family members, the Rab men shot at Sabu’s leg and picked up his younger brother Azizul Karim.
Hearing the news, the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, student wing of the BNP, brought out a procession and got into a clash with the Rab personnel in Chalkbazar area.
The elite force members opened fire to bring the situation under control, leaving at least 28 opposition men injured.