‘Saviour turned rapist’ arrested in Bhola

Police on early Monday arrested a former Chhatra League leader over the reported gang rape of a housewife at remote Char Piyal of Manpura upazila, report agencies. The arrested was identified as Nazrul Islam, 30, the former president of Chhatra League’s Dakkhin Sakuchia union unit.

Sakhawat Hossain, officer-in-charge of Manpura police station, confirmed the arrest around 1215am. He said police arrested Nazrul while he was fleeing to Hatiya and seized a speedboat. The victim was sent to Bhola Sadar Hospital for medical test, the OC added. A case was filed against six people on early Sunday over the reported gang rape. Police said they are trying to arrest the other suspects.

The victim said she and her infant son were returning home in Manpura from her parents’ place at village Dakkhin Aicha of Charfasson upazila by a speedboat on Saturday. There were two other passengers on the boat. Two more passengers got on from Janatar Khalerpar around 1230pm, she said.

All four passengers – Belal Bepary, 35, M Rased Palowan, 25, Shahin Khan, 22, and Kiron, 26, of village Rahmanpur of the upazila — forcibly took the speedboat to Char Piyal and raped her there. Speedboat owner Nazrul went to Char Piyal by boat and beat the four rapists.

He allowed them to go after taking Tk 3,000 from them and later raped the housewife and recorded the video of the incident through his phone. Nazrul gave her Tk 1,000 and threatened to circulate the video if she disclosed the matter to anyone. Finally, local people rescued the victim and took her to Manpura Police Station, said OC Sakhawat.