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Lawyer arrested over allegations of rape in Panchagarh

A couple was accused of assisting the rape as the reported incident took place in their house

Update : 12 Sep 2020, 05:02 PM

Police on Friday arrested a lawyer accused in a case filed for raping a tenth-grader girl in Panchagarh.

The arrested is HM Habibur Rahman Habib of Baragaon village of Panchagar's Atwari upazila. He is also a member of the Panchagarh District Bar Association.

The incident of rape took place at the house of Shushil Chandra and his wife Shukni, both of whom were accused of assisting the rape in the abduction and rape case filed by the girl's father.

According to locals, police, and the case statement, the lawyer Habib took the girl to local cobbler Shushil's house saying that he will take her to her father. Locals held Habib when they realized he raped her and afterwards informed the police.

The girl's mother said to journalists that her family knows Habib, that was how Habib met her daughter. "Habib took my daughter from my aunt's house at the Darimuni Barghati area, saying that he will take her to her father. Then I heard that my daughter was raped. I want justice and proper punishment for Habib." 

Atwari police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Ijaruddin said: "A case has been filed against three people including lawyer Habib over the rape after abduction. The accused Habib is currently in jail. He will be produced in front of court.”

OC Ijar said police are trying to arrest the two other accused of assiting the rape, adding that the girl is currently undergoing treatment at hospital.

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