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Three BGB men charged with rape of two Tripura girls in Bandarban

  • Published at 11:24 pm August 24th, 2018
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A Google Maps screenshot of the Bandarban district under Chittagong Division

Two minor girls from the ethnic minority community were reportedly sexually violated on Wednesday

A case has been filed against four individuals, including three members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), over the alleged rape of two minor girls from the Tripura community at Fasiakhali union’s Tripura Para in Lama upazila of Bandarban two days ago.

A suspect has already been arrested over the incident, police said.

The victims, both fifth-graders of Banfur Government Primary School, are currently receiving medical treatment at the Sadar Hospital.

District Civil Surgeon Dr Aung Swi Prue Marma said the victims have undergone necessary medical tests. A medical board will also be formed on Saturday, he said.

Lama police station Appela Raju Naha said the case was filed on Thursday night with them under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act against four people.

In the case statement, the victims alleged that a local woman, named Junerong Tripura, took them to a nearby jungle from their Tripura Para home late Wednesday, where two of the three BGB troopers violated them.

The girls claimed that the BGB men at first tried to give them money in “exchange of sexual favours.” But when they rejected their proposition, the soldiers raped them at gunpoint.

Junerong, the fourth accused in the case, was arrested on Friday, said Bandarban’s Superintendent of Police Jakir Hossain Majumder.

Identities of the alleged BGB soldiers are yet to be known.

The victims' relatives, including Lama Upazila Tripura Student Forum President Nelson Tripura, said the scared girls hid in the jungle for the remainder of the night after the incident.

After they revealed the incident to their family the next day, the matter was brought to the attention of the BGB's Banfur Bazar camp commander.

Later, the camp commander had organized an arbitration meeting among local influential people and the victims' family members to settle the issue, locals said. But it failed to resolve the matter.

BGB 11th Battalion Commander Lt Col Asaduzzaman, however, told reporters that the case was part of a conspiracy aimed at having their camp withdrawn from the area.

He also claimed that there were no soldiers in their camp with the names provided by the victims.

Lt Col Asaduzzaman said the authorities concerned would conduct their own investigation into the matter.