Local Awami League members allegedly raped a woman on December 31, 2018
A Noakhali court has placed seven accused – including alleged mastermind Ruhul Amin in the Noakhali gang rape case – on a five-day remand.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Nabamita Guha passed the order on Sunday, after they were produced before the court with a seven-day remand plea.
Earlier in the day, investigation officer of the case and also Charjabbar police station OC Ibrahim Khalil produced them before the court.
The seven accused are- masterminds Ruhul Amin and Hasan Ali Rulu, prime accused Sohel, Swapan, Badsha Alam alias Basu alias Kurailya Basu, Bechu and Jashim.
Ibrahim Khalil said: “We had sought seven days remand for each of the accused. However, the court granted us five days for remanding them.”
3 more held
Noakhali Superintendent of Police (SP) Ilias Sharif said a total of 10 suspects, including six of the nine people who were accused in the case statement, have been arrested.
He said drives are underway to arrest the rest.
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Among the arrested, accused Abul, 40, and othersMurad, 30, and Salauddin, 35, has been held for their involvement in the incident.
Earlier on Friday, police arrested two suspects, Jashim Uddin alias Jaishya, 30, and Hasan Ali Bhulu, 60, in overnight drives from Chittagong and the Double Mooring thana area of Noakhali.
On January 3, police detained the alleged mastermind of the gang rape – Ruhul Amin, an ex-member of Ward 4 under the Charjubilee union and former upazila unit publicity secretary– and another suspect, Bechu.
On January 2, the Detective Branch of police arrested two accused in the Noakhali gang rape case, one of whom is the prime accused, Sohel.
The night before, they arrested the third accused, Swapan, 35, during a raid in the Azadnagar area of the Ramgati upazila in Lakshmipur.
On December 31, a 30-year-old mother of four was gang-raped, allegedly by a group of local Awami League members.
The woman’s husband, who filed a case against nine people with the Charjabbar police station, said a group of miscreants—wielding firearms—barged into their home around midnight, tied him and his children up, forcefully took his wife away from their home, and gang-raped her.
The husband claimed they had attacked his wife because she had voted for the local BNP candidate in the 11th general election held on December 30, 2018.