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Case filed against BGB member on rape allegations

  • Published at 08:11 pm November 21st, 2020
Photo: Dhaka Tribune

The girl had started behaving erratically after going out with the perpetrator

A case has been filed against BGB member Akhtaruzzaman for allegedly raping a ninth grader in Syedpur upazila of Nilphamari. 

The student's mother, Makshuda Begum, filed the case at the police station on Friday night. 

Police arrested two people regarding the incident but they were released after interrogation.

For his part, BGB member Akhtaruzzaman, 30, has been absconding since the case was filed.

The girl's mother said: “On November 9 at around 4pm, our neighbour Akhtaruzzaman called out my daughter and without informing us took her on a motorcycle to Sajeda Clinic on Bangabandhu Road in the city to see his sister Rokeya Begum, 28, who had just given birth.

“Later in the night, Parul, another sister of Akhtaruzzaman, came home and took clothes for my daughter. At the time she said that my daughter's clothes had been ruined by curry dropped on it.

“When asked again, she said that she had fallen in the bathroom of the clinic and her clothes had got wet. She would stay there for the night and so she needed clothes,” she added.

Maksuda Begum said, the next day, on November 10, Akhtaruzzaman drove her daughter home at around 9pm.

When she opened the door, she saw her daughter behaving abnormally. 

After a long time, the girl said that she would have no shortage of money now because she had got jobs in a few clinics.

Besides, Akhtaruzzaman, his brother-in-law Samsur Rahman Sangram and his friends Emon and Rashidul Islam would give her a lot of money.

The girl then wrote down their names in a note and cried for a long time.

She also said that Akhtaruzzaman and his brother-in-law had given her yogurt the previous night. Since then she had been feeling unwell.

“I asked Akhtaruzzaman and his family members what had happened to my daughter and why she was saying all that,” said Maksuda.

They paid no attention but rather held out threats against the girl’s father Azad Ali Mandal and uncle Ataur Rahman.

She said: “Seeing my daughter’s condition I called the Bangabandhu Health Desk and following their advice took her to Nilphamari general hospital.

The doctors there referred her to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where she is undergoing treatment now.”

The family of the victim filed a case against Akhtaruzzaman on Friday night.

About the incident, Ataur Rahman said: “My brother is a poor man. Taking advantage of the family's helplessness, he (Akhtaruzzaman) took her to the clinic and raped her. There are injury marks on her body. 

In this regard, Akhtaruzzaman had said that the girl was his cousin and he did not need anyone's permission to take her anywhere.

“She wanted to go so I took her to the clinic without telling anyone. Nothing happened there. 

She had also behaved unusually like this before,” he claimed.

Akhtaruzzaman's sister Rokeya said: “She [the survivor] was with me at night at the clinic. My brother took her from the clinic at around 3pm the next day. But later I found out that she had reached home at 9pm.”

Sajeda Clinic Director Md Shariful Islam said Rokeya Begum was admitted here for childbirth. 

The clinic had no information about who came with the patient or stayed overnight and no irregular incident had occurred, he said.

Syedpur police OC (investigation) Md Ataur Rahman said: “I visited the clinic after receiving the complaint. No such evidence was found. It is not possible to take any action until we get the results of the medical tests.”

He also said that it had not been possible to take the survivor’s statement as the girl was behaving abnormally.

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