Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013

Burnt rescuer dies in S’pore

This April 28 photo shows Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visiting Mohammad Ezazuddin Kaikobad at Dhaka Combined Military Hospital. Photo: PID

This April 28 photo shows Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visiting Mohammad Ezazuddin Kaikobad at Dhaka Combined Military Hospital. Photo: PID

The body of the rescuer who sustained severe burn injuries while trying to rescue trapped garment worker Shaheena from Rana Plaza rubble arrived in Dhaka on Monday.

Mohammad Ezazuddin Kaikobad, 35, died at a Singapore hospital around 10:55pm (Bangladesh time) Saturday, struggling for life for six days.

His first namaz-e-janaza was held at Tejturi Bazar Jame Mosque in the city’s Karwan Bazar after Asr prayers on Tuesday.

His body has been kept at the CMH’s mortuary. He will be buried at Banani graveyard with state honour after a second namaz at the premise of Central Army Mosque after Johr prayers Wednesday.

Ezaz along with five other rescuers, including two army personnel, entered a tunnel inside the rubble of Rana Plaza on April 28 to pull out garment worker Shaheena, who got trapped behind a beam on the third floor.

The rescuers earlier sliced some rods of the beam, but could not pull Shaheena out, as her body could not slip through the tiny space.

Around 10:00pm on Sunday, when Ezaz was cutting a rod with power saw, a fire broke out from the sparks that originated from the rod-cutting, prompting the rescue team to retreat immediately.

He was admitted to the burn unit of CMH in Dhaka with around 55 percent burn injuries.

On April 30, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Ezaz at Dhaka CMH and instructed the authorities concerned to send him to Singapore for better treatment by an air ambulance.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) bore the cost of his treatment.

Ezaz, who was involved in building construction jobs, used to reside in Khachukhet in the capital.

The nine-storey Rana Plaza housing five garment factories crushed down on several thousand people mostly garment workers on April 24.

  • Iqbal Ali Khan

    Kaikobad showed us a path. When it comes to provide ease to others at times of difficulty, then own survival looks very negligible. May Allah rests soul of this great man in eternal peace.

  • Mofi

    Ezaz, you couldn’t rescue Shaheena alive; please see her now and say how much you sacrificed, please say her that there are still few people like you among us. You didn’t die, your sacrifice reminds me a story of my school literature titled “a name written with gold-letters”.

    May I request hon’ble PM to arrange state honour for this virtuous soul.