Meherpur Jamaat leader killed in ‘gunfight’

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The assistant secretary general of Meherpur district Jamaat-e-Islami was killed in a “gunfight” with police early today.

Victim Tarique Mohammad Saiful Islam, 35, was the eldest son of Samiruddin, former chief of Meherpur district Jamaat, reports our Kushtia correspondent.

Police arrested Saiful on Islami Bank premises in the district town around 3:00pm yesterday in connection with three cases filed against him, Reazul Islam, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sadar Police Station, told The Daily Star.

The cases were filed for attacking police and felling trees in different times, the OC said.

During primary investigation, Saiful confessed before police that MA Matin, Khulna divisional coordinator of Jamaat, will hold a clandestine meeting with his cohorts at Bandar village in the town around 3:00am today, the police official said.

On the basis of the information, a police team along with Saiful headed for Bandar village, he said.

As soon as the police team reached the area, the associates of Matin opened fire on the law enforcers, forcing them to retaliate that led to the “gunfight”.

During the “gunfight”, Saiful tried to escape the clutches of the law and came in line of fire.

After the “gunfight”, police found his blood-stained body lying on the ground, the OC added.

One firearm, five crude bombs and six bullets were recovered from the scene, OC Islam added.

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