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Bus supervisor remanded over rape of disabled woman in Tangail

  • Published at 07:18 pm September 4th, 2018
Police escort Md Ershad, supervisor of a bus where a disabled girl was gang-raped several days ago, to a court in Tangail for a remand hearing on Monday, September 3, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

The man was arrested on Monday from Kalihati upazila for his alleged connection to the crime

A Tangail court has granted police four days to interrogate a man arrested in a case filed over the rape of a disabled woman on a bus in the district.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Ashikuzzaman passed the order on Tuesday afternoon after hearing a five-day remand plea from police, said Bangabandhu Bridge east police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mosharraf Hossain.

Md Ershad, 40, of Kalihati upazila, was arrested from the upazila’s Benukurshia area in the early hours of Monday.

He was produced before the court later in the day, but the judge set Tuesday for the remand hearing.

A little after Friday midnight, the driver of a bus, which plies the Tangail-Bangabandhu Bridge route, had raped the woman with mental disabilities on the vehicle at the Bangabandhu Bridge East bus stand while his assistant Nazmul Hossain stood guard.

Contacted by the locals, a police patrol team later rescued the woman in her 20s and arrested Nazmul. Driver Alam Khandaker, 45, however, managed to flee.

OC Mosharraf said they were still trying to catch Alam.

Ershad, the supervisor of the bus, was arrested after Nazmul in his confessional statement, given to the same Tangail court on Friday, mentioned the former was also involved in the crime.

Earlier, police also filed the case under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act at Bangabandhu Bridge east police station against Alam and Nazmul.

Judge Ashikuzzaman on Monday had also ordered the authorities to return the victim to her family’s custody.

Family members said the woman had left her sister’s house in Dhaka alone without telling anyone and was on way to her Kushtia home. When she went missing, they filed a general diary at the capital’s Sabujbagh police station.