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Framed in rape case: Innocent college student finally free

  • Published at 11:04 pm October 23rd, 2019
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Babul Hossain Noyon reunite with his father and mother after being released from Tangail jail on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

According to police and Noyon's family, a fifth-grader went missing from Chaprabill in Basail upazila of Tangail on September 21 this year

The third-year student of Government Mujib College, Babul Hossain Noyon, who was falsely framed in a rape case and imprisoned for almost a month, has been exonerated and released from prison on Wednesday.

After serving jail time at the Tangail District Jail for 27 days, Babul was granted bail by Senior Judicial Magistrate Akramul Islam of Sakhipur-Nagarpur Cognizance Court earlier in the day. 

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Tanbir Ahmed, court inspector in Tangail, said: "The court granted Babul bail upon his lawyer's plea.” 

Previously on October 21, a number of newspapers and online news portals, including Dhaka Tribune, published stories about a college student being framed in a rape case and jailed for almost a month in Tangail.  

Since his arrest on September 26, Noyon has been kept at the Tangail District Jail for almost a month.

According to police and Noyon's family, a fifth-grader went missing from Chaprabill in Basail upazila of Tangail on September 21 this year.

On September 25, four days after the girl went missing, she was found by her family members near the Tangail DC Lake area. When asked about her whereabouts for the last four days, the girl told her family that she was in Cox's Bazar with a man named Noyon.

The following day, on September 26, the girl's family filed a rape and kidnapping case with Sakhipur police station, accusing their neighbour Shahjahan Ali's son Babul Hossain Noyon.

Sakhipur police station Sub-Inspector Asaduzzaman, also the investigating officer (IO) for the case, said: "When we quizzed Noyon in front of the prison gate, he again and again claimed innocence. 

"We got a lead from the hotel's visiting card, which we had recovered from the victim. Then we were able to get the number which was used to book the room in Cox's Bazar.  We also got a hold of the hotel's CCTV footage where the girl was taken. This allowed us to get to the bottom of what actually happened." 

On October 7, police arrested Noyon Miah, son of Faruq alias Nuh Miah, from the district's Basail bus stand area and he later confessed to his crime to the court under Section 164 of the Penal Code, Asaduzzaman added.

Expressing concern and grief, Babul's father Shahjahan, said: "It has been almost a month since my innocent son has been put in jail. Framed, he was unable to attend his exams. I want the immediate release of my son."

Sakhipur police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) said: "We were able to solve the case very quickly. The real suspect has confessed to his crimes.