Police have arrested five people for gang-raping and murdering a college student on a moving bus travelling from Sirajganj to Mymensingh.
The five staffers, including bus driver, helper and supervisor, of inter-district bus Chhowa Poribohon were arrested from Tangail's Madhupur area Tuesday afternoon.
Details regarding their identities could not be ascertained yet.
Madhupur police Station Office-in-Charge Shafiqul Islam: “Three of the arrestees have already made confessional statements before the court. We are interrogating the other two.”
Jakia Sultana Rupa, 27, was raped by driver, helper and supervisor of Chhowa Poribohon and murdered on August 25.
The victim was a resident of Sirajganj's Tarash and a student at Ideal Law College in Dhaka.
After murdering her, the accused threw her body from the moving bus. The body was recovered from Madhupur's Panchish Mile area on Tangail-Mymensingh Highway at night.
She was buried at Tangail Central Graveyard after an autopsy on August 26.
Madhupur police filed a case against unknown assailants after finding visible signs on her body that indicated murder.
After finding out the matter with the help of local media, the victim’s family went to Madhupur police station and identified her using photos of her body.
Rupa’s brother Hafizur Rahman said his sister went to Bogra to appear in the teachers' registration test which was held on August 25.
“After appearing for the test she then boarded the bus to Mymensingh with a colleague. The colleague got off the bus in Tangail's Elenga area.”
He said: “A man picked up Rupa’s phone when the colleague called her up. The man who picked up the call claimed that Rupa forgot the phone in the bus when she got off.
“The call was dropped and the number could not be reached after that.”
He said they filed a general diary with Mymensingh's Kotwali police.
He later saw news about the recovery of a body from Madhupur and contacted the police.