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Noakhali woman’s gang-rape: Prime accused, another held

02 Jan 2019, 21:23

NTV Online

Noakhali: Detectives have arrested two people, including the prime accused, over the ‘gang-rape’ of a woman at Charbajuli village in Subarnachar upazila after Sunday’s election.

The arrestees are prime accused Sohel, 30, son of late Ismail, and Md Swapan, 35, son of late Abdul Mannan of Madhya Bagya village in Subarnachar, reports the UNB.  

Superintendent of Police of the district Md Ilias Sharif said a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Sohel from a brickfield in Maheshpur of Barura upazila in Cumilla on Wednesday noon and another team of Noakhali DB picked Swapan up from Sluicegate area in Ramgati upazila of Laxmipur on Tuesday night.

With this, three people have so far been arrested in connection with the ‘gang-rape’ of the woman.

Earlier, police arrested Badsha Alam from Charbajuli on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a three-member team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), led by its director (complaint and investigation) Al Mahmud Faizul Karim, visited the victim at Noakhali General Hospital on Wednesday and took her deposition.

Talking to reporters, Faizul said they will submit their report to the NHRC after collecting medical reports.

Besides, a three-member team of rights body Ain O Salish Kendra visited the hospital and the spot.

Khandaker Golam Faruque, deputy inspector general of Chattogram range, also went to the victim’s house and talked to locals.

He said no one will be spared over the incident.

Meanwhile, Dr Syed Mohiuddin Abdul Azim, medical officer of the 250-bed Noakhali General Hospital, said a two-member medical team has been formed for conducting the test on the victim.

He also said they primarily found the evidence of rape.

According to the victim’s husband, a group of hoodlums stormed their house in the early hours of Monday and tied up all the family members except his wife.

They took the woman outside the house at gunpoint where they violated her in turns, the victim’s husband claimed.

After the rape, they also threatened the victim not to disclose the matter to anyone, saying they would kill her if otherwise, he said.

With the help of neighbours, the victim was taken to hospital on Monday noon and a case was filed against nine people over the incident.