Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested a man from Ghatail upazila early yesterday on charge of raping an eight-year-old girl in the town.
The arrestee is Bachchu Miah, 50, a cook by profession, and son of late Tarab Ali of Pashchim Akurtakurpara area in the town.
Acting on a tip-off, the elite force arrested Bachchu from Satkua Khajarchala area around 4:00am, said Md Shafiqul Islam, acting commander of Rab-12.
The arrestee was later produced before a court that sent him to jail, said Sub-Inspector Amir Hamja, investigation officer of the case.
The victim is a Class I student of a local school.
According to the case statement, the girl along with her grandfather and grandmother lives in a rented house in the area as her father, a CNG driver, and mother stay in Dhaka.
The victim’s neighbour Bachchu raped the girl after getting her alone in the house on Sunday.
House owner Helal Fakir, councillor of the municipality, allegedly tried to settle the matter by giving Tk 60,000 to the girl’s family on behalf of Bachchu.
But the girl’s family refused it and admitted her to Tangail General Hospital on the night on September 2.
Contacted, Helal refuted the allegation.