Bogra student rape: Woman councillor, mother held in Pabna

Detectives arrested a woman councillor and her mother on Sunday for torturing the Bogra female student, who was reportedly raped by Sramik League leader Tufan Sarker on Saturday.

A team of detective branch (DB) of police arrested Bogra municipality woman councillor Marzia Akter alias Rumki and her mother Rumi from a house in Pabna Sadar town around 7:30 pm.

Sramik League convenor of Bogra district town, Tufan Sarker has abducted a female student from her home, raped her and then urged his party cadres and a woman councilor to make sure the incident was buried.

The hired cadres, in an attempt to hush the victims, picked the student and her mother, tortured them for four hours and then shaved their heads, a leading daily reports.

Superintendent Md Asaduzzaman of Bogra police told reporters that the torture on the two women were worse than the medieval age and it was a total violation of human rights.

“No one will be spared for the crime, even if they are influential people,” the police official said.

Police said the mother filed a rape and torture case against 10 people, including Tufan, his wife Asha Sarkar, and Asha’s elder sister and Bogra municipality woman councillor Marzia Akter.

A Bogra court placed three of them on a three-day remand for each as another accused gave confessional statement before the magistrate.

The victim has passed the SSC exams this year. She and her mother are currently admitted in the Bogra Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital.

While briefing reporters on Saturday, Bogra district police Additional SP Sanatan Chakrabarty said Tufan had admitted in primary interrogation of raping the girl.

“He allured the victim with a promise to get her into a college,” the SP added.

Arrestee Atiqur Rahman also admitted the rape and issued a statement before a court, the ASP said.

The victim and police said her father is a small trader. Her mother was a garment worker in Dhaka but had returned to Bogra quitting her job a few days ago.

Earlier, Bogra district Sramik League suspended Tufan over the rape allegation.

A three-member probe body led by Additional Deputy Magistrate Abdus Samad Pradhan has also been formed to investigate the incident.

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