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12:00 AM, June 28, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:38 PM, June 28, 2019

Holding his own baby hostage

Suspected drug peddler’s attempt to avoid arrest ends in vain

As police went to arrest a suspected drug peddler in the capital yesterday, he threatened law enforcers of throwing off his own child from the third floor of a building -- if he is not let go.

“Let me go, otherwise I will throw him outside and police will be liable for his death,” he shouted at police, picking up his two-and-a-half-year-old son from the balcony.

The drama continued for around 40 minutes, before police were finally able to arrest Samsul Islam Pakhi along with his brother Badol and seven others.

The incident took place around 1:30pm in Mirpur-2 area, when police conducted a raid at an apartment to arrest the two siblings allegedly over drug peddling.

“There was an escapeway at the back of their flat. At one point, Pakhi even raised a toy pistol of his son to threaten police to escape arrest through the back door. As the police team could not take a decision at the time, they informed higher officials. Additional force arrived at the spot and cordoned off the building,” said Dadon Fakir, officer-in-charge of Mirpur Police Station.

Two teams of police -- one inside the flat and another downstairs outside the building -- were deployed during the raid, he said.

Police recovered 155 yaba tablets, 250 grammes of heroin, a toy pistol and Tk 15,000, and seized mobile phones of the family members. Police said the two siblings were accused in several drug cases.

The raid and the unfolding drama drew a large crowd in the area.

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