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Noakhali gang-rape: Local AL leader among 2 held

03 January 2019,Thursday, 10:58



Detectives in separate drives arrested two people including a local Awami League leader from Shenbagh and Sadar upazilas of Noakhali district early Thursday over the ‘gang-rape’ of a woman after Sunday’s election.

The arrestees are Ruhul Amin, former chairman of Charjubli union parishad and also the organising secretary of union unit of Awami League and another Bechu Mia.
Md Ilias Sharif, superintendent of district police said a team of Detective Branch (DB) arrested Ruhul Amin from a poultry farm in Sadar upazila in the dead of night.

Later, the team conducted another drive at a brick kiln factory in Shenbagh upazila and arrested Bechu Mia.

With this, five people have so far been arrested in connection with the ‘gang-rape’ of the woman.

Earlier, police arrested Badsha Alam from Charbajuli on Tuesday while prime accused Sohel from Cumilla district and Md Swapan from Ramgati upazila on Wednesday.

According to the victim’s husband, a group of hoodlums stormed their house in the early hours of Monday and tied up all the family members except his wife.

They took the woman outside the house at gunpoint where they violated her in turns, the victim’s husband claimed.

After the rape, they also threatened the victim not to disclose the matter to anyone, saying they would kill her if otherwise, he said.

With the help of neighbours, the victim was taken to hospital on Monday noon and a case was filed against nine people over the incident.

Victim’s allegation

The victim, mother of four, alleged Ruhul Amin ordered his accomplices to violate her for casting her ballot for “Sheaf of Paddy”, electoral symbol of BNP.

The victim said she vote for BNP defying Amin’s order, which made him furious.

While undergoing treatment in Noakhali General Hospital on Monday, she alleged several people numbering 10/12 entered her house by cutting fence and raped her in turns, tying up her husband and children.

The name of Ruhul Amin was not mentioned in list of accused, according to victim’s husband.

The Awami League leader has denied the charge brought against him.

SP Sharif said they are investigating to see whether the incident of rape has any relation with national election held on Dec 30.

 

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