A rape victim's quick thinking and courage had helped police arrest two men accused of raping her on a moving bus on October 27.
The 23-year-old woman was allegedly raped by the driver and his assistant when other passengers, including her four friends travelling with her, got down.
She told police that the men gagged her and threatened to kill with a knife before raping her.
Before she was dropped off at Bahaddarhat in the port city, she calmly asked for the rapists' mobile numbers telling them that she would like to meet them again and the men complied, Mobassher Hossain, assistant commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police told The Daily Star.
When she filed a case with Chandgaon Police Station on November 3, police asked her to call the men and nicely tell them to meet her in Bahaddarhat area.
Police arrested the duo, bus driver Rashedul Islam Sumon, 20, and his assistant, Imtiaj Uddin, 18, when they showed up.
The woman, a readymade garment worker, told police and reporters that she kept the incident to herself for a week and did not have the “strength” to go to police earlier.
She said the incident on the bus took place on a weekend when she and four women went to Patenga beach around 4:00pm.
They later boarded a bus heading to Bahaddarhat around 7:00pm.
When everyone else got down the assistant started to drive the bus and the driver closed all the windows and door of the bus.
Sensing danger, the victim asked them to stop the bus. But the driver Rashedul, wielding a knife, snatched her phone and gagged her with her scarf and raped her.
The woman alleged that Imtiaj then let Rashedul drive the bus and raped her.
Both the accused gave their confessional statements before a Chittagong court on Saturday.
The accused men drove the bus through empty streets as they raped her to avoid being detected, said Abdul Warish, a deputy commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police.
A medical test was done on the victim at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH), but the report is not released yet, said police officers.
Abdul Warish, a Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police, said, “The victim broke down after the incident and stayed in her house for a week.”
Mobassher Hossen said Police was trying to seize the bus.