By Nazrul Islam Dhaka, Dec 29 : Maoist extremists in the northern Natore district looted number of firearms and killed three lawmen while storming a police outpost on Wednesday, police said.
In another incident in the south-western Kustia district, the police opened fire on the mob that left three innocent people died. Correspondents from the northern district said three members of Ansar, an auxiliary law-enforcing agency, were killed and several others wounded when a group of outlawed party men attacked the Bamihal police outpost in Natore in the evening.
The incident took place few hours after Prime Minister Khaleda Zia left district headquarters, barely 30 kilometres from the police outpost, after addressing a public meeting. Police said that a group of armed men chanting slogans in the name of Sarbahara Party, stormed into the Bamihal police camp in the evening locked in a fierce gunfight leaving the Ansar members killed on the spot.
The killed were identified as Aziz, Gafur and Momin. Ten Ansar men were posted in the camp as regular policemen, excepting in-charge sub-inspector Fazlur Rahman, were taken for Prime Minister’s duty as she visited the district yesterday.
The account of ammunition looted by the outlawed members could not be ascertained immediately. Locals said Purba Banglar Communist Party was active in the area. In Kustia, the police opened fire on angry villagers who were protesting against the seizure of sugarcane crushers by a mobile court which was carrying out an operation against the ’illegal’ crushing of sugarcane at Bhurkapara village within the Kushtia Sugar Mill’s zone yesterday.
The mobile court magistrate and 10 policemen were also injured in the attack by the furious villagers. The number of deaths may increase as the condition of many of the injured was stated to be critical, witnesses and police said