Abdur Rashid Malitha alias Tapan alias Dada Tapan, founder of outlawed Janajuddha, was killed in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the early hours yesterday.
A woman reportedly from the 'women wing' of the outfit also died during the 'shootout'.
The Rab recovered huge arms and ammunition including one AK47, books and leaflets of the banned outfit and also arrested Tapan's elder brother Akash.
Operatives of the outlawed communist outfits see the death as another blow to their two-decade underground "armed struggle" in the south and northern regions to establish socialism after the death of Mofakkar Hossain, founder of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML), in 2004.
Mofakkar was killed in 'crossfire' when Rab members came under attack in Kushtia on December 17, 2004.
Read the report from Amanur Aman in The Daily Star