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Khulna gang rape: Case filed against 5 GRP policemen

  • Published at 11:25 am August 10th, 2019
Khulna Government Railway Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Osman Gani
File photo of Khulna Government Railway Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Osman Gani Dhaka Tribune

Earlier on August 7, Police headquarters closed GRP OC Osman Gani, and SI Nazmul Haq, over the allegation

A case has been filed against the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Khulna Government Railway police station (GRP) and four other policemen on charges of their involvement in the gangrape of a woman in custody.

The case was filed by the victim herself with GRP police station on Friday, accusing OC Osman Gani, the duty officer on the night of the incident, and three other unnamed police personnel of rape.

Kushtia Railway Circle Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Firoz Ahmed, who is heading a committee to probe the allegation, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Saturday. 

He said the case was filed on the directions of the court and on the basis of the information collected from the victim’s statement at the prison gate of Khulna District Jail.

The police official further said the Investigation Officer (IO) of the case will be assigned from the office of superintendent of Pakshey police. The case was filed under section 15 of Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act, 2013.

On Wednesday, police headquarters closed Khulna Government Railway Police station OC Osman Gani, and Sub-Inspector (SI) Nazmul Haq, for "dereliction of duty" following allegations of their involvement in the custody gang rape.

The two probe committees, formed to investigate the rape, recorded the victim’s statement at the prison gate of Khulna District Jail on Thursday morning.

What happened?

According to the victim's brother-in-law, she was apprehended by OC Osman Gani around 7pm on August 2, at Khulna railway station on allegations of stealing a mobile phone.

On August 3, police brought her before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court for a drug case, with five bottles of phensedyl. The court sent her to jail on the day.

However, on Sunday, when the woman was in court for her bail hearing, she alleged that OC Osman Gani and four other police personnel raped her in turns.

To verify her statement, the court ordered a medical checkup for her at Khulna Medical College and Hospital (KMCH). 

On Monday, the woman underwent a medical test and the report was yet to be available.

The victim's family alleged that OC Osman demanded Tk1 lakh on August 2 to free the woman from their custody. 

The OC has denied the rape allegation, saying: "The woman cooked up the story to avoid the drug case."