Two alleged forest robbers, including a ringleader, were killed in a shootout with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Shelarchar area (east circle of Sundarbans) in Sharankhola upazila of the district yesterday.
The deceased were identified as Shahidul Sheikh alias `Nut' Shahidul, 40, ringleader of `Shahidul Bahini', and Mujibar, 39, second-in-command of `Bakibillah Bahini'.
Rab-8 commander Lt Col M Faridul Islam said that acting on a tip-off, a Rab team conducted drive in Kalam Miah Bharani Khal area of Sharankhola upazila at about 9:15 am yesterday.
Sensing the presence Rab, he said that the robbers started firing on the elite force which also returned the fire, leading to a fierce a gunfight.
After nearly one-hour gunfight, the robbers fled away into the deep forest, the Rab-8 commander said.
He added that the Rab members later recovered the bullet-hit bodies of Shahidul and Mujibur and some abandoned arms and ammunition from the spot.
The recovered arms and ammunitions included six SBBL guns, five shooter guns, two air guns, one pistol and 30 bullets.
The bodies and seized ammunition were handed over to Sharankhola police station.
Local sources said that the two gangs -- Shahidul Bahini and Bakibillah Bahini -- were long been involved in robbing fishermen and honey collectors, apart from kidnapping people for ransom.
In Manikganj, locals held an alleged robber from Mitora bus-stand in Sadar upazila early yesterday. Later they handed him over to police.
The alleged robber was identified as Shamim Hossain, 26, of Bhanga upazila of Faridpur district, police said.
A gang of robbers, numbering 12/14 entered the house of Afsar Hossain of Gokulnagar village in Manikganj Sadar upazila at around 1:00 am.
At gunpoint, the gang tied hands, legs and mouths of the people in the house and looted cash Tk.6, 000 and mobile sets .