Rapid Action Battalion arrested an alleged member of a drug trafficking syndicate yesterday. He sustained bullet wounds during a “shootout” between his gang and Rab, while fleeing in a car after ignoring a Rab check point in the city's Gabtoli area.
The arrestee, Asad Mia, 29, is the driver of a private car used in ride sharing services. He is undergoing treatment at Suhrawardy Hospital, Rab officials said.
“Asad used to carry consignments of phensedyl as part of the gang's operations from Hemayetpur in Savar to Dhaka. For each trip he used to get Tk 5,000,” Rab-2 Commanding Officer Lt Col Ashique Billah told The Daily Star.
The Rab official said that they had received information that a group of drug traffickers with a huge consignment of phensedyl would enter Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area by car from Hemayetpur. Hence, they set up two check posts at Amin Bazar and Gabtoli.
The private car carrying three members of the drug trafficking syndicate eluded the check post at Amin Bazar.
As Rab officials at Gabtoli check post tried to stop the vehicle, the criminals fired two gunshots. Rab in turn fired five rounds of bullets, but they managed to flee driving desperately, said the Rab CO.
The elite force members then chased the car through Shyamoli and Adabor. The car hit at least four CNGs and some rickshaws.
Due to traffic, Rab lost track of the car at one point and two gang members managed to get out and flee. Rab finally caught the vehicle and driver Asad at Agargaon's Taltola area around 9:45am.
The Rab-2 CO said that Asad suffered a bullet wound but he is not in danger. He added that Rab official AB Siddique was also wounded during the operation.
Rab seized the private car with over 100 bottles of phensedyl, a pistol and two bullets.