Robinhood the animal rescuer works to rescue animals and birds stuck in various places including cornices, electric wires of multi-storey buildings in Dhaka city. Members of this voluntary organization have been carrying out such rescue operations for 13 years. However, the rescue workers, including its founder and president Afzal Khan, do not have formal training.
Afzal Khan’s bodyguard Tasfian Islam Atif (20) was burnt while rescuing a bird stuck in an electric wire in Keraniganj. He died at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in the capital last Thursday around two o’clock in the morning. 85 percent of his body was burnt. The injured rescue worker Shafiqur Rahman is still admitted here. Another injured worker has returned home.
After Tasfian’s death, questions have surfaced as to why the bodyguard took part in the risky rescue, whether he had any training, whether all safety precautions were taken before the rescue. Representatives of various animal loving organizations are posting about it on social media Facebook. Tasfian’s father Nazmul Islam feels that his son has been ‘murdered’. He said to Prothom Alo that he wants justice for the murder of his son and that he is also thinking of filing a case.
Robinhood the Animal Rescuer’s Facebook page makes no mention of the worker’s death while trying to rescue Tia. However, on Afzal Khan’s personal account on Facebook, he posted a confessional video taken from the hospitalized Shafiqur. In the video, Shafiqur can be heard saying that Afzal asked for the rescue operation after shutting down the power line, but they did not give that time. Everyone is saddened by the death of Tasfian, Afzal gave a different post about this.
After Tasfian’s death, questions have surfaced as to why the bodyguard took part in the risky rescue, whether he had any training, whether all safety precautions were taken before the rescue.
Various reports have been published in the media about Afzal’s rescue of trapped animals including the use of drones to rescue cats. Since 2019, Robinhood The Animal Rescuer has been working under contract with the government’s emergency service 999, which the organization has been promoting for so long. However, the authorities of 999 say that they have no formal or written agreement. However, when someone calls for help rescuing animals, they are sometimes advised to shelter in place.
National Emergency Service 999 Media and Public Relations Officer Police Inspector Anwar Sattar told Prothom Alo, “There is no written or formal agreement with the agency. Working to rescue stranded pets in Dhaka city—they come to us to report this. Liaise with forest department and show video footage and pictures of various rescue operations. It has not been verified whether the organization has rescue skills or not. When we get a call related to rescue of pets, we first refer to the forest department, secondly to the fire service and if there is an emergency, we refer to the agency.
Since 2019, Robinhood The Animal Rescuer has been working under contract with the government’s emergency service 999, the organization has been promoting for so long. However, the authorities of 999 say that they did not have any formal or written agreement.
Anwar Sattar said, “I have heard that the company has written on their cars that they are included in 999. Legally they cannot do that. I heard that a worker died while trying to rescue the Tia bird. The agency cannot carry out such a rescue operation without safety equipment or safety measures.
Afzal, the founder of Robinhood the Animal Rescuer, claimed in a post on Facebook that it was because of the integrity of the work that it was possible to be included in a place like the National Emergency Service. He mentioned that he is getting administrative support from various organizations and institutions including police, RAB.
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