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Rape by BCL Men

BCL dissolves Satkhira unit

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Our Correspondent, Satkhira

Bangladesh Chhatra League yesterday dissolved its Satkhira district unit after learning the involvement of its president and general secretary in the rape of a girl on Wednesday night.
The central committee of the pro-Awami League student body also urged police to take stern action against the duo -- president Sheikh Jewel Hasan and general secretary Nazmul Haque.
A day after the incident, police last night arrested Nazmul Haque from Satkhira town. Law enforcers are trying to arrest the other accused.
“Police should not hesitate to take action against the culprits as they have destroyed the image of our organisation,” HM Badiuzzaman Sohag, president of Chhatra League's central unit, told The Daily Star last night.
They would not find shelter in the party, he added.
The 19-year-old victim, a college student in Khulna, filed a case with Satkhira Sadar Police Station yesterday morning under Women and Children Repression Preventive Act against four people -- Jewel, Nazmul, Sumon and another unidentified youth.
Locals said Satkhira unit BCL leaders hired the girl, a dance artiste, to perform at a cultural function organised by them on the occasion of the 64th founding anniversary of the student body on Wednesday evening.
The victim, who resides in Khulna, came to Satkhira with her husband to attend the function.
But, soon after the couple started for Khulna at the end of the function around 8:30pm, the accused snatched the victim from her husband on the way, took her to a house in Katia of the town and violated her, the victim said in the case.
They threatened to kill her husband when he tried to save her, she added.
The husband then informed police who rescued the girl from the house around 12 midnight.
Officer-in-Charge of Sadar Police Station Aslam Khan confirmed the incident.
District AL General Secretary Nazrul Islam urged local administration to take strict measures against the culprits as they tarnished the party's image.
Local AL leaders and activists have expressed their frustration with the BCL men for their involvement in various criminal and anti-social activities in the district.
Meanwhile, condemning the incident a section of the BCL brought out a procession in the evening. They demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the culprits, who are known as extortionists in the area.

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