By UNB, Khulna
Wed, 12 Apr 2006, 20:19:00
A listed terrorist of an outlawed party was killed in an encounter between his cohorts and RAB at Putimarijora Battala village in Dighalia Upazila early Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Shahidul Islam alias Hatkata Shahid alias Keherman, 41, regional commander of Rashid Group of Purba Banglar Communist Party (ML Janajuddha) and also the linchpin of inter district dacoit group.
Shahid, son of M Abul Kashem of Shenati Union, was wanted in 13 cases, including murder, arms looting and rape, police said.
RAB sources said, acting on a tip-off, RAB-6 arrested Shahid from near the embankment of Bhairab River behind Crescent Jute Mill in Khalishpur on Tuesday evening.
Later, according to his statement, RAB along with Shahid went Putimarijora Battala village at about 3am on Wednesday to arrest his accomplices and seize arms.
As soon as the elite force along with Shahid reached the spot, his cohorts opened fire, triggering the gun battle.
Shahid was caught in the shootout while trying to flee and died on the spot, said a spot account.
A homemade rifle, one pipe gun, three rounds of rifle bullet and two rounds of bullet of pistol were also recovered from the scene.
Later, RAB sent the body to Khulna Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.