Mother-daughter 'gang-raped' in trawler; SL leader held

13 June,2016

RTNN News Desk: A woman, aged around 35, and her college-going daughter have allegedly been gang raped in a trawler at Bauphal upazila in Patuakhali, said police.

A leader of Swechchhasebak League, a pro-Awami League body, has been arrested.

The arrestee, Nur Alam, is a vice president of Najirpur union ward-1 Swechchhasebak League, said the unit's secretary Hasan Mahmud Mintu.

The victims are from the Hindu community.

Quoting them, police said, they went from their Kachipara village to Kalaiya area to visit a park at noon on Saturday.

Around 4:00pm, they came out of the park and got onto a hired bike to go to the house of a relative at a nearby village.

However, the biker took them to Nindi launch ghat instead. He along with five other youths forcibly made the victims board a trawler where they were gang raped later, said police.

Hearing a hue and cry, some fishermen near Char Esha of the Tetulia river approached the trawler around 12:30am yesterday. Sensing their presence, all but Nur jumped into the river and fled.

The fishermen caught the alleged rapist and rescued the victims. They were handed over to the police later.

AZM Faruqee, officer-in-charge of Bauphal Police Station, claimed that Nur confessed his involvement in the incident during his primary interrogation.

He said the other “rapists” were also from Najirpur union and aged between 20 and 25, added the OC.

A case was filed with Bauphal police over the incident.

The mother and the daughter were sent to Patuakhali General Hospital for medical tests, he said, adding that they were trying to arrest the alleged rapists.

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