A 22-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped on a moving bus in Ashulia, Savar, near Dhaka. The driver of the bus made a confessional statement in court after the arrest of the six accused. Police said that the bus was stopped on the C&B bypass road in Ashulia around 11:30 pm on Friday and the accused were arrested.
After a medical examination on Saturday, the victim was sent to the One Stop Crisis Center of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Patrol police arrested the driver, helper and supervisor of New Grambangla Paribahan bus and also seized the bus.
The arrested are Aryan, 17, son of Nazrul Islam of Gulbagh Indrapur Bhasman village under Turag police station, Saju, 20, son of Atiyar of Taraguna area of Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia, Saiful Islam, 40, son of Shamsul Miah of Jiangar village of Dupchanchia upazila of Bogra Mia’s son Sumon Mia, 24, Sohag, 25, son of Tofazzal Hossain of the same area and Monowar, 24, son of Zahur Uddin of Dhamghar area of Narayanganj’s Bandar police station.
According to the police after the preliminary investigation, all the arrested persons were working as transport workers on the Abdullahpur-Bypail-Nabinagar highway from their rented house in Kamarpara of Turag police station.
Among them, bus driver Sumon Mia (24) pleaded guilty in court. The court granted a three-day remand for questioning the others.
How the incident happened: Ashulia Police Station Inspector (Investigation) Ziaul Islam told reporters that the girl, a mother of two, lives with her husband in Fatulla area of Narayanganj and works as a helper in a garment factory. Husband is a rickshaw puller. His home is Lalmonirhat.
The police official said the woman bought a mobile phone set for her sister and came to her house in Beutaghat area of Manikganj on Friday morning. On the same day, at around 6:30 pm, he got on the bus to return to his home in Narayanganj. He got down at Nabinagar bus stand in Ashulia around 8 pm. Then he was waiting for another bus to go to Narayanganj. At that time he met a man named Anwar Hossain alias Nazmul. At the call of the helper, the two of them got on the New Grambangla minibus to go to Tongi Station Road at around 9 pm. The bus dropped off other passengers before the bus reached its destination and the bus workers picked up a few other transport workers. After that the bus did not go towards Abdullahpur but started coming back towards Ashulia. Sumon, the driver of the bus, gang-raped the girl while she was on her way to Kalma through Ashulia’s Garur Hat area. Six including Assistant Monwar and Supervisor Saiful Islam. When his partner Nazmul tried to stop him, he was beaten. When the bus reached the golf club near Nabinagar bus stand, the woman and her companion shouted and the Savar Highway police patrolling the highway stopped the vehicle. The young woman filed a case at night. The six arrested yesterday morning were handed over to Ashulia police.
Suffering young woman at the hospital: The young woman underwent medical examination at the forensic department of Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital in the capital yesterday afternoon. Selim Reza, head of the forensic medicine department at Suhrawardy Medical College, told reporters that the physical examination of the victim had been completed. Necessary samples have been collected to confirm the rape and identify the accused. He said the girl is currently in the One Stop Crisis Center of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Bus driver’s confession, five remanded: Six people arrested in a case of gang-raping a young girl were handed over to the Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Our court reporter said that among them, bus driver Sumon voluntarily agreed to give a confessional statement. The investigating officer of the case applied to the court to record his confessional statement under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code. The court recorded Sumon’s statement and ordered him to be sent to jail.
At the same time, the investigating officer wants remand of Aryan, Saju, Sohag, Monwar and Saiful for five days for proper investigation of the case and unraveling the mystery. Following the hearing, Judge Shahjadi Tahmida granted remand to each of them for three days. The court’s General Registration Officer (GRO) Inspector of Police Mesbah Uddin confirmed the matter to Kaler Kantha.
Earlier, in 2016, a young woman was gang-raped on a moving bus in Madhupur area of Tangail and then killed by throwing her on the side of the road.