After a three-hour-long effort, police and firefighters rescued and arrested an alleged drug peddler who got trapped between two buildings while fleeing a police raid in Chandpur’s Shahrasti upazila on Thursday.
Kazi Khokon, 52, had long been dealing in yaba pills in the locality, said Sheikh Rasel, assistant superintendent of police in Chandpur, adding that he was accused in nine narcotics cases filed with Shahrasti Police Station.
A team of police conducted an anti-narcotics drive in Uttar Thakur Bazar area of Shahrasti around 11:00pm.
“Sensing presence of the law enforcers, Khokon tried to run away and got stuck between two buildings,” he said.
As police failed to rescue him, two units of fire service went to the spot.
Motaleb Jamader, a fire service official of Hajiganj Fire Service Station, said at one point, Khokon got exhausted due to the scorching heat.
“We drilled a hole through the wall of one of the buildings and supplied him water,” the fire service official said, adding that a rechargeable fan was also put so that he did not feel suffocated.
“Later, we rescued him by cutting the wall of a building,” he added.
Khokon is currently receiving treatment at Shahrasti Upazila Health Complex under police watch, said Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Shahrasti Police Station.
He would be produced before the court when his condition improves, the OC added.