Suspected mugger shot dead in city

A suspected mugger was killed in a shootout with police in the city’s Rampura area early Tuesday. The deceased identified as Rubel was a member of local mugging gang `Baittya Sohel’, according to police.

Police said that acting on a tip-off, a patrol team of Rampura Police Station challenged a group of 3-4 teenaged muggers at Apex Gali of Hajipara at about 3:45 am.

Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the muggers set off a cocktail that injured constable Shamim. They also fired gunshots targeting the law enforcers, said officer-in-charge of Rampura Police Station Delwar Hossain Khan.

In response, the police team fired rubber bullets at the muggers, which injured Rubel, while his other accomplices fled the scene. Police later rescued injured Rubel and rushed him to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead at about 5:30 am, OC Delwar Hossain said.

Police recovered two cocktails and a knife from the possession of Rubel at the DMCH. Rubel, accused in a number of cases filed with Rampura Police Station, came out of jail after securing bail last month, said police.