Rangpur cop suspended over rape charges

An assistant sub-inspector of police in Rangpur was suspended yesterday on charges of gang-raping a ninth grader with two others.

In separate incidents, a man was arrested yesterday for allegedly raping a girl in Noakhali, and in Habiganj on Sunday, a court took cognisance of gang-rape charges against eight people, including a union parishad chairman, and asked police to investigate the matter.

In Rangpur, the suspended police officer, Raihanul Islam, was discharging duties as ASI of Detective Branch (DB) of police.

Aleya Begum, 35, a resident of Moynakuthi Kachutari area in the city, was also arrested for helping the alleged rapists.

The victim's family members said the police official identified himself as Raju, and was in a relationship with the victim.

On Sunday, Raihanul took the girl to Aleya Begum's residence and raped her. Then, two others also raped the girl, police said, quoting the victim's family members.

The victim dialed 999 seeking help and around 8:30pm, police rushed to the spot and rescued the girl.

The victim's mother filed a case with Haragachh Police Station under Rangpur Metropolitan Police later that night.

Police are interrogating Raihanul Islam and legal action will be taken if he is found to be involved with the incident, said Abu Maruf, deputy commissioner of Rangpur Metropolitan Police.

In Noakhali, police yesterday arrested a man on charges of raping a 19-year-old woman in Hatiya upazila.

The arrestee is Helal Uddin, 40, a resident of Kazirtek village.

Police said the woman came out of her room to go to the toilet around 1:00am on Sunday morning. Helal and another accused Jamshed, 32, then forcibly took her to the bank of Meghna river, where Helal raped her with the help of Jamshed.

On Sunday night, the woman filed a case against Helal and Jamshed with Hatiya Police Station. Police arrested Helal, who was later sent to jail. Police are looking for Jamshed, said Abul Khayer, OC of the station.

In Habiganj, eight men, including a union parished chairman, were sued over gang-rape charges on October 18 by the woman's husband. On Sunday, a court directed Nabiganj Police Station to investigate the incident and submit a report within three days, said Azizur Rahman, OC of the police station.

The accused are Muhibur Rahman Harun, chairman of Aushkandi Union Parishad of Nabiganj; member of the same UP Dulal Ahmed, 40; Sebul Miah, 28; Jibu Miah, 27 and Shahidul Miah, 25. Three other unnamed perpetrators were also accused in the case.

Police said the victim was abducted by the accused from Parkul village of the same union while she was returning home from Sherpur Bazar on October 8. She was confined at an unknown location and gang-raped for three days. On the fourth day, she was left at Aushkandi Bazar.

[Our correspondents from Dinajpur, Noakhali and Moulvibazar contributed to the story]

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