Khulna: A regional member of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (ML) was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Dhopakhala in Phultala upazila early Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Monirul Islam Sheikh, 32, son of Abdus Sattar Sheikh of Damadar village in the upazila.
Sources at Phultala thana said a team of police in a drive arrested Monirul from Kalia upazila headquarters of Narail district around 12pm on Monday.
Later, police along with Monirul launched a drive in Dhopakhala area beside Beel Dakatia around 2.40am on Tuesday to recover firearms from the area.
Sensing the presence of police, cohorts of Monirul attacked the team of law enforces in a bid to snatch Monirul, triggering a fierce clash.
At one stage, Monirul was caught in the line of fire during the gun battle and died on the spot while his accomplices managed to flee the scene.
Police fired at least 32 rounds of bullets during the clash.
The police team also recovered two pipe guns and two shutter guns from the spot.
Monirul was wanted by police in six cases filed with different police stations.
Outlawed member killed in ‘gunfight’