Four people including the main accused have been arrested while five others are on the run
In a harrowing turn of events, a 25-year-old woman has been gang-raped by her so-called boyfriend and his aides for three days while in captivity in a tent at a Sylhet tea estate.
The woman was later hospitalised while police on Wednesday arrested the mastermind identified as Jamed Ahmed, 38, and his three cohorts-- Moshahid Ahmed alias Jamil, 28, Faisal Ahmed, 22, and Russel Ahmed, 24.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Media and Community Services) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police BM Ashraf Ullah Taher said that Jamed tricked the woman, hailing from Kishorganj’s Bhairab upazila, into going to the tea estate in the pretext of a romantic affair.
“Jamed asked her to come to Sylhet for marriage after they had a love affair conducted over phone until that point,” the police official said.
The victim said on July 10, after she reached Sylhet, Jamed took her to Marakona Tila in the Khadimnagar Burjan Tea estate.
There, Jamed in collusion with his companions- Faisal, Russell and Jamil raped her in turns, keeping her captive in a tent for three days. The abuse continued for the entire period.
According to her statement, on Tuesday, they left her to another five men: Rebul (25), Imam (25), Farooq (23), Md. Moshahid Ahmed (27) and Abul (26) who also forced themselves on her.
She finally managed to flee the crime scene and reach out to a passer-by who helped her contact her sister.
On Wednesday afternoon, she lodged a complaint against all nine with the Airport Police Station.
Airport police officer-in-charge Khan Mohammad Mainul Zakir said on the basis of her information police ran an operation and arrested Jamil and three others.
“Attempts are being made to arrest the remaining five,” he said, adding that the woman was admitted to the One Stop Crisis Center (OCC) of Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital for treatment.