An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Rangpur Detective Branch (DB) police, accused of being involved in the gang rape of a schoolgirl, was suspended on Monday.
Abu Maruf Hossain, the deputy commissioner of Rangpur Metropolitan Police, said ASI Raihanul Islam was suspended for his alleged involvement in the incident.
The victim’s family said ASI Raihanul, who identified himself as ‘Raju’, had an affair with the ninth-grader aged around 15.
He was recently transferred from Haragach police station to Rangpur metropolitan DB.
On Sunday morning, he called the victim to the house of one Aleya Begum at the Kedarer Pool area and raped her. He later had her raped by a group of young men.
Raihanul got out of the house when the victim fell ill and informed police. The girl was rescued around 8:30pm and taken to the police station.
Police detained Aleya and her associate Surovi that night.
The victim’s father filed a rape case accusing Raju and several others.
Maruf said the victim had informed them about a policeman named Raju. “ASI Raihanul was taken into custody for questioning to ascertain whether he was Raju,” he said.
He was suspended after the rape allegation was raised against him. “The case has been transferred to the Police Bureau of Investigation,” Maruf said.
Human rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra said that nearly 1,000 rape cases were reported in the country between January and September this year, including over 200 gang rapes.
But the original number is believed to be much higher as many victims do not report assaults.
A series of rape incidents rocked the country in recent weeks, prompting the government to make death penalty as the highest punishment for the crime.
A suspected terrorist was hacked to death in front of a temple in Sabgram of Bogura Sadar upazila early Monday.
The deceased was identified as Subrata alias Samrat Das, 27, son of Kalipad Das and accused in five cases.
Humayun Kabir, officer-in-charge of Bogura Sadar Police Station, said that when Samrat was crossing the temple around 1am riding on a motorcycle a gang of miscreants attacked him.
Falling from the motorcycle when he took shelter at the yard of the temple, the attackers stabbed him indiscriminately, leaving him dead on the spot.
On information, police recovered the body.
Besides, additional police have been deployed in the area.
The OC said that Samrat is an accused in several cases and younger brother of listed criminal Jewel.
Police is conducting drive to arrest the killers, said the OC.
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A local Jubo League leader was killed as a truck hit his bike on Hatikumrul-Bonpara highway at Mohishluti in Tarash upazila on Sunday night.
The victim was identified as TM Kamrul Hasan, 35, general secretary of Soguna union and resident of Kundoil village.
Nurunnabi Pradhan, officer-in-charge of Hatikumrul Highway Police Station, said the accident took place around 9pm, leaving Kamrul dead on the spot.
Police later recovered the body.
At least 13 policemen, including the additional superintendent of river police, were injured in a clash with fishermen in Meghna River in Chandpur Sadar upazila on Sunday during a drive against illegal hilsha fishing.
The 22-day ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting of hilsa—starting October 14 -- aims to protect the safe spawning of the fish during its peak breeding period.
A team of river police led by Fairda Parvin, additional SP (media) of River Police, started a drive against hilsha catching from Dhaka on Saturday.
After conducting a drive in Shariatpur, they came to Rajrajeshwar union in Chandpur around 10am, said the additional SP.
When they came to the Shilarchar, they saw that around 3,000-4,000 fishermen were catching hilsha defying the government ban, she added.
Later, the team members seized several boats and nets from the spot.
When the news spread among the other fishermen, they attacked the team with brick chips and sticks.
The police team fired rubber bullets and blank shots to disperse the fishermen. They also detained seven fishermen from the spot.
The detained fishermen were handed over to the Sadar Police Station.
The injured team members, including Farida Parvin, received treatment at the Chandpur 250-bed Government General Hospital.
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Police arrested three people from different parts of the district on Sunday in connection with the murder of former UP member Aminul Gazi.
The arrestees are Anwar Pada, father-in-law of slain Aminul Gazi, Nizam, brother-in-law and Amzad.
Mohamamd Mainul Islam, superintendent of Patuakhali Police said police arrested the trio from different parts of the district.
Aminul Gazi alias Dilip Gazi, 50, former UP member of Lalua union ,was killed by miscreants on October 21. Later, victim’s wife filed a case with Kalapara Police Station.
After interrogation, police came to know that Aminul's father-in-law Anwar hired his another son-in-law Nizam and Amzad at Tk 2 lakh for killing Aminul to grab his asset, said the SP.
The arrestees came to visit Aminul’s house on October 21 and strangled him to death after giving him poison.
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