A leader of extremist outfit Gonomukti Fauj was killed during a “gunfight” between his team and the Rapid Action Battalion in Kushtia yesterday around 10:30pm.
The deceased, Motaleb Hossain, 45, son of Kutub Ali of Khoksha upazila, was accused in a number of cases, including five for murder. He was dodging a 10 years' jail sentence imposed by a Rajbari court.
Yesterday, two Rab teams went to Mokhlurchar area on information that Motaleb and his associates were preparing for a robbery, said Major Asad of Rab-12 in Kushtia.
Sensing their presence, the Gonomukti Fauj activists opened fire, prompting the elite force members to shoot back. After a short gunbattle, Rab found Motaleb lying dead. Other members of the outfit, however, had left the scene.
Rab recovered five light guns, a pistol, a revolver, 12 bullets, two hand bombs and two swords from the spot, Maj Asad told The Daily Star.
After the killing of Gonomukti Fauj operation commander Abdur Rashid Tikka in “crossfire” in 2007, Motaleb took up the position.