Published:  02:21 AM, 18 July 2017

Will media believe cop statements on 'gunfight'?

Police has said that two men were killed in an alleged 'gunfight' on Monday in Khulna. Of the deceased, one was a murder case accused and other was his accomplice, according to the allegations of police.

According to the statement of police, the duo was shot dead in a gunfight with terrorists when they were taken to recover arms.

Such kind of deaths in 'encounter' is nothing new in Bangladesh, reports BBC Bangla. In case of such cases, no additional information is provided except the statement of police. Besides, the statements of police are similar in most of the case. As a result, confusion is created in people's mind different times.

But has the news media of the country to believe such statements of police in words? How can they cover such incidents of alleged 'gunfight'.

About the incident in Khulna, the officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station Mizanur Rahman said, a team of police numbering 15-20 went to the operation with arrested person with a view to recovering arms and capturing his accomplices.

Police claimed, when they reached Prabhati School area, they came under attack triggering a gunfight. They retaliated and two men sustained bullet injuries in the 'gunfight'.

Such things are regularly heard in Bangladesh. But there is no opportunity to justify the alleged 'gunfight'. As a result, the media run reports on such incidents based on the statements of police.

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