Former UP member killed in ‘gunfight’ as dacoit

A former Union Parishad member accused in robbery cases was killed in a ‘shootout’ with police at Islampur of Jamalpur district.

The gunfight took place on the bank of Jamuna River at Kuthiar Char area early on Tuesday, said OC of Islampur Police Station Abdullah Al Mamun.

The deceased was identified as Mohammad Ali, 40, son of Najar Pramanik of Prajapati Char at the upazila. He was accused in many criminal cases.

Police said a team of police conducted a drive in Prajapati char and arrested Mohamamd Ali and Nupur Akter Happy, 26, daughter of Tofazzal Hossain of Khulna district from a boat on Monday evening. Later, police along with Ali conducted a drive at Kutilarchar for recovering arms around 3:00 am.

Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the associates of Ali opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back, triggering a gunfight.

Ali was caught in the line of fire and suffered bullet wounds while the others managed to flee the scene. Later he was taken to Islampur upazila health complex where doctors declared him dead.

Three policemen were injured in the ‘gunfight’. One revolver and 500 Yaba tablets were recovered from the spot.