August 26, 2010
A leader of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in a ‘shootout’ between Rapid Action Battalion and his cohorts in Bagmara upazila early Wednesday.
The deceased Elahi Baksh Mithu, 40, of Baje Goalkandi village was the regional commander of Purba Banglar Communist Party (ML-Lal Potaka) unit in Chapainawabganj.
A Rab member, Havildar M Abdul Wahab, was also injured in the incident, says a press release.
Tipped off that PBCP cadres, who were behind police killing and arms looting incident of Dhalar Char in Pabna, were planning similar attack on Bagmara police, a team led by ASP Shahjahan of Rab-5 Bagmara camp raided Bagicha Goalkandi area at about 3:00am where the group was holding a clandestine meeting.
Sensing presence of the elite force, the gang opened fire forcing them to fire back that triggered a ten-minute ‘gunfight’.
Later, Rab men found Mithu’s bullet hit body lying on the ground.
His cohorts, however, managed to flee the scene.
A 7.65mm USA-made pistol, three bullets, one magazine, three sharp weapons and two leaflets were recovered from the spot.
Mithu was accused in three cases including one for Taherpur police murder, said the Rab.