Faridpur gang makes money from porn trade
An organised gang involved in anti-social activities with a common interest to make money by pornographic videos and its trade could have been involved in the gang rape of the 14 year old in Faridpur, locals say.
They said the gang could be of around 15 people, mostly youths who are also involved in different other criminal activities including drug peddling and mugging.
A group of local computer and CD shop owners might also be involved as those shops sold CDs of the incident, they added.
"Several hundred copies of the CD were sold from those shops for Tk 50 each while youths also got the footage in their cellphones for Tk 20 from those shops," said an owner of such a shop at Charbhadrashan Bazar seeking anonymity.
Police and locals say the handling of the cellphone with which the incident was shot suggests that it was done by an expert hand.
"We arrested Shourav who edited the footage and we are hopeful of getting all information once we interrogate him in remand," said Superintendent of Police of Faridpur Mizanur Rahman.
Meanwhile, the authorities have given the charge of investigation into the gang rape case to the officer-in-charge of Charbhadrashan Police Station yesterday. Sub-Inspector Abul Kalam of the same police station was the investigation officer before.
Local police have finally watched the video CD of the sensational gang rape and they are now saying the whole incident was staged.
Though the SP said the incident took place with the girl's consent, a counsel of the victim Rakibul Biswas told The Daily Star that the victim is only 14 years old and if such incident took place even with her consent it is still statutory rape.
Police also claimed that the alleged victim had an affair with prime accused Kalam and she knew him well. They might have had an illicit relationship, they said.
The video CD was being secretly bought and sold in the market for quite a while but police officially spoken about its contents only yesterday.
SP Mizanur Rahman said they sent copies of the CD to higher officials.
Locals questioned that if she even had an affair with Kalam why would she "have sex" with an unknown youth? They said the victim was stunned and bewildered by the happenings.
The SP said there is a question whether the girl was raped but there was an offence committed and he has instructed the people concerned to arrest the accused.
The victim in her complaint lodged with a Faridpur court claimed that three of the four accused raped her at sharp weapons point.
Kalam Khan and Tushar Khan were mentioned as the accused in the first information report but the victim could not identify the other two criminals.