MC College Hostel gangrape: Case filed against 9 BCL men

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GB NEWS 24 DESK//

A case has been filed against nine persons for their involvement in gang rape of a woman confining and tying up her husband in the hostel of MC College in Sylhet.

All the accused belong to Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (BAL).

The huband of the rape victim woman filed the case mentioning the names of six persons and three other unnamed persons.

The case was filed with Shahporan Police Station in the Sylhet City on Friday night. Quoting the case statement, officer-in-charge (OC) of the police station Abdul Qayyum said six persons were made accused as they were directly involved in the gang rape, while the rest three assisted them.

The accused of the sensational rape case are MC College Chhatra League leader M Saifur Rahman, Master’s student of the Department of English Shah Md Mahbubur Rahman Rony, Tareque Ahmed, Arjun Laskar, Rabiul Islam and Mahfuzur Rahman Masum. The accused Tareque and Rabiul are the outsiders, while the rest four are the MC College students.

Expressing anonimity, MC College sources said all the accused are the active members of MC College unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League, based at Tilagarh in the city. They get patronisation from an Awami Jubo League leader who is an inhabitant of Sylhet upazila sadar. During the coronavirus pandemic, the accused used to hold drinking and gambling party at MC College hostel.

The husband and wife went to visit the college campus in Tilagarh area in Sylhet city in their private car, which was intercepted by a group of youths around 8:00pm on Friday.

They forcefully took them to the hostel, tied the husband and raped the wife, Abdul Qayyum, Shahporan Police Station OC, said citing the case statement.

On information, police rushed to the hostel, rescued the victim and sent her to the One-stop Crisis Centre of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital around 12:00am.

There are allegations that some local AL leaders tried to settle the matter soon after the incident, which delayed the rescue of the victim and gave ample scope for the accused to run away.

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