CHITTAGONG, July 26: One suspected drug dealer was killed in an 'encounter' with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Chittagong late on Saturday.
The dead, was identified as Zafar Ahmed, 35. He was the prime accused in a case concerning the haul of a large yaba consignment in the port city in May, says the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).
RAB-7 chief Lt Col Mifta Uddin said the shootout occurred around 11:45 pm near a check-post on the Sea Beach Road in Patenga, The force had signalled two motorbikes to stop. But they opened fire and tried to escape. The RAB retaliated. One of the riders was shot and fell off the bike.
He was taken to the Chittagong Medical College and Hospital, where the doctors pronounced him dead.
RAB later confirmed the victim's identity. A pistol and 10,000 yaba tablets were found searching his body.
On May 13, RAB had seized a consignment of 500,000 yaba tablets from a fishing trawler at the Chittagong port's outer anchorage. Seven men were detained from the boat during the raid. Their interrogation revealed the consignment was for one Zafar Ahmed, later named as the prime suspect in the case, according to the RAB-7 chief.