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12:00 AM, April 30, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:52 AM, April 30, 2019

Rape accused killed in ‘shootout’

Five held on charges of rape

An alleged rapist of a schoolgirl was killed in a “shootout” with Rab in Chattogram’s Lohagara upazila early yesterday.

Md Saiful, 28, was a resident of Amirabad and used to run a coaching centre in the area, said Mashkur Rahman, assistant director of Rab-7 media wing.

On April 12, Saiful allegedly raped one of his students at her residence and went into hiding since then, the Rab official added.

The girl’s mother filed a case with Lohagara Police Station in this connection.

Tipped off about his location, a team of Rab-7 conducted a raid in Uttar Amirabad area around 3:00am.

Sensing presence of the law enforcers, Saiful and his cohorts opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back that triggered a “gunfight”.

Later, Rab recovered bullet-wound Saiful and sent him to Lohagara Upazila Health Complex where doctors pronounced him dead.

The Rab team also recovered two firearms and 24 rounds of bullet from the spot, said Mashkur.

FIVE RAPE ACCUSED ARRESTED

In the last three days, five men were arrested in four districts on different charges, including rape, attempted rape and instigating victims to die by suicide.

In Chattogram, police on Saturday arrested Md Badsha, 26, a driver who allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl in a private car on April 23.

On the following day, the girl, who was a garment worker, took her life by hanging herself from the ceiling fan of her room, said Ashikur Rahman, assistant commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police.

In Rangpur, Detective Branch of police on Sunday arrested Hajrat Ali, 21. He was accused in a case filed over gang-raping two indigenous girls, who were cousins, in Pirgachha upazila on April 18, said Mizanur Rahman, superintendent of police (SP) in Rangpur.

One of the girls committed suicide on the following day, SP Mizan said, adding that the victim’s sister filed a case with Mithapukur Police Station accusing three people.

Police earlier arrested two other accused Ratan Minjee, 30 and Mamun Minjee, 25, the police official added.

In Lalmonirhat, police on Sunday held a man on charge of raping his step-daughter in Patgram upazila about a year ago,

The girl died by suicide following the incident, said Mansur Ali, officer-in-charge of Patgram Police Station.

In Feni, police the same day arrested two people allegedly for attempting to rape two girls in Chhagalnaiya upazila. The arrestees are Robiul Haque, 25, and Saddam Hossain, 24.

Our Chattogram, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat and Feni correspondents contributed to this report.

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