Three of the six arrested confess in court
A woman was raped by several men in three spots of Tangail district town all through Friday night, some of whom even took turns sexually violating her in front of her husband.
Police arrested six suspects in several raids overnight after the heinous crime took place in the DC Lake area, adjacent to the new bus terminal, around 10pm on Friday, said Sadar model police station Officer-in-Charge, (OC) Sayedur Rahman.
The victim, who works at a readymade garment factory in Mirzapur with her husband, was also rescued by police from the Charjana Government Primary School premises in the early hours of Saturday.
The 25-year-old was later admitted to the one-stop crisis centre of Tangail General Hospital.
Three of the arrested, later in the evening also confessed to committing the crime before a Tangail court, police said.
The same court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Sumon Kumar Sarkar also remanded three other suspects for three days each, in a case filed against eight people by the victim’s husband at Sadar model police station in the afternoon.
The eight accused are Yusuf Rana, Md Robin, Jahidul Islam, Md Mofiz, Tanvirul Islam Tasin, Ibrahim Ibn Al Beruni, Hasan Shikdar, and Md Ujjal. Of them, Hasan and Ujjal are still on the run.
The victim also gave her statement to the court, detailing the attack on her and her husband, and what followed afterwards, said case investigation officer and Sadar police outpost’s In-Charge, Mosharraf Hossain.
He said those who confessed in court were Yusuf, Robin, and Jahidul.
Tangail General Hospital’s Superintendent, Dr Narayan Chandra Saha, also told Dhaka Tribune: "The victim was admitted around 5am on Saturday. A three-member medical board is supervising her treatment."
“We have collected evidence of rape. We will know for sure after we receive the medical test reports, but the evidence does point towards gang rape,” he said.
The rape and the raids
At a press conference on Saturday afternoon, Tangail’s Superintendent of Police (SP), Sanjit Kumar Roy, said they managed to arrest the perpetrators and their accomplices very quickly.
“The woman was raped by multiple individuals in three locations,” he said.
SP Sanjit added that Yusuf, Robin, and Mofiz, were also accused in four, two, and five other cases, respectively.
According to police and the victim, the couple, who got married 10 months ago, arrived at the new bus terminal in Tangail on Friday night from Kalihati to go to Mirzapur.
Three of the suspects attacked them right away and snatched the husband’s mobile phone and the cash he was carrying. Then the couple was forcibly taken to the DC Lake area, behind a CNG refuelling station, where they threatened to kill the man and raped his wife in front of him.
Yusuf was the one who first raped her there, followed by Robin and Jahidul. Later, they handed the woman over to Mofiz and several others, who took the woman to Kodalia and took turns raping her through the night.
The husband, who was confined by Yusuf and Robin, managed to flee and go to Sadar model police station around midnight.
Later, four police teams raided different areas of the district town and arrested the six suspects.
Sadar model police OC, Sayedur, said they were conducting more raids to arrest Hasan and Ujjal, who helped the others in raping the woman.
Talking to reporters, the victim’s grief-stricken husband said he wanted exemplary punishment of the rapists.