An alleged arms smuggler was shot dead by the police in the wee hours of Tuesday in Assam’s Karimganj.
The accused who has been killed in the encounter has been identified as Nurul Islam.
Police claimed that Islam was killed in retaliatory firing.
The police said that the accused tried to flee from police custody by allegedly snatching a gun from police personnel.
Nurul Islam along with one more accused was arrested by the officials of the Badarpur Police Station and the BSF from the Badarpur Bazaar area on Monday.
Police claimed that later during interrogation, Nurul Islam claimed that there were more arms in his possession, which he secured in a hideout.
“He led a team of police officials to the spot and there he pushed one of the constables and snatched his gun. Moments later, he started firing and in retaliation, the police had to open fire,” informed Karimganj SP – Padmanabh Baruah.
The accused, Nuru Islam, was immediately rushed to the Karimganj Civil Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
On Monday, a team of officials from the Badarpur police station and BSF busted an arms smuggling racket and arrested Nurul Islam and Lling Khiamn.
As many as four pistols and one pen pistol have been recovered from the possession of the duo.
With this fresh encounter, the total number accused shot dead by the Assam Police since May 10 has risen to 21.