A suspected ‘robber’ ringleader was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Sonapur under Sadar upazila in Laxmipur district early Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Bashar, 35, of Kazzalipur village under Sadar upazila.
Police claimed that Bashar was wanted in at least 15 cases and was the suspected ringleader of robber gang ‘Bashar Bahini’.
Laxmipur Sadar police station officer-in-charge Abdullah Al Mamun Bhuiyan said, a team of police, acting on a tip off that a gang of robbers were taking preparation to commit robbery in the area, conducted a drive there around 1:30am.
The robbers, sensing presence of police, opened fire at police, prompting the police to retaliate by firing.
At one stage, Bashar was caught in the line of fire and injured while others managed to flee the scene.
The OC said that bullet-hit Bashar was taken to Laxmipur Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Three policemen – sub-inspector Omar Faruk and constables Kuddus and Utpal – were also injured in the incident, said the OC.
Police also recovered one light gun, some sharp weapons and five rounds of bullets from the spot, he said.