5 robbers killed in mob beating
[Bangla Daily Star] Agitated fishermen beat dead five robbers and critically injured two more in a clash yesterday with a gang setting up hideouts on the remote Bhasan Char (island) for looting their hilsha catch from the sea.
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the injured robbers, recovered some arms and ammunition and seized a trawler left by other members of the gang who fled after a five-hour exchange of fire with the law enforcers.
Two of the dead were identified as Jabbar, 26, and Kabir, 25.
The season for catching hilsha begins now with the expiry of a seven-month ban on jatka (hilsh fry) catching.
The fishermen men while they were preparing their boats and fishing nets for fishing in the sea, a gang of robbers known as Karim bahini was setting up their dens in the mangrove forest at Bhasan Char in the confluence of the Meghna river.
A shepherd saw the robbers unloading arms from their boats yesterday morning. He informed the matter to his employer and others at Dhalchar union. On information from them, police launched a raid around 8:00am.
Chairman of Dhalchar union Abul Kalam Pawari and about 700 fishermen joined the police raid. Policeand the fishermen cordoned off the mangrove forest at Bhasan Char situated between Char Fashion and Monpura islands.
Spider senses tingling at the proximity of police and fishermen, the robbers opened fire. Police retaliated. After a two-hour exchange of fire, several hundred fishermen carrying sticks attacked the robbers, who then started fleeing. The fishermen caught five robbers and beat them dead. They also injured two other robbers. Police took the two injured in their custody.
Fishermen Jasimuddin who participated in the police raid said, they could not go to the river for ban. They were half fed. He said, now is the time to go fishing in the river. Fishermen have prepared their boats. At this time the robbers have set up dens to loot the fish from fishermen which they catch through hard labour.
Jasim said they participated in the police raid to get rid of the robbers.
Bhola district Superintendent of Police Bashir Ahmed and Char Fashion cop shoppe officer-in-charge (OC) Reaz Hossain confirmed the incident.
The SP said police the robbers fired about 50 rounds of bullets, Police fired 12 rounds.
Police recovered three 224 rifles, two shot guns, six guns 18 cartridges and 34 sharp weapons, and seized a trawler.
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