Protesters demand punishment to culprits
Students and teachers of Ag Bikramhati Major General Mahmudul Hasan High School yesterday blocked the Dhaka-Tangail-Bangabandhu Bridge Highway demanding capital punishment of the culprits who gang-raped a teenage girl.
They blocked the highway at Rabna Bypass in Sadar upazila around 12:30pm for 10 munities. In the meantime hundreds of vehicles got stuck on both sides of the busy road.
The protesters also brought out a procession and formed a human chain in the area to press home the demand. Earlier, they demonstrated on the school premises and held a protest rally there.
Headmaster of the school Abdul Hamid Miah, Assistant Headmaster Humayun Kabir, assistant teachers Nazim Uddin, Azhar Ali and Arfan Ali, among others, spoke at the rally.
The speakers condemned the gang-rape and demanded exemplary punishment of the culprits so that no-one dares to commit such crime in future.
Leaders and activists of Tangail district unit of Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal formed a human chain at Nirala Intersection in the town demanding punishment of the culprits.
Students of different schools and colleges joined the human chain and raised their voices against the crime.
Meanwhile, he arrested four culprits -- Nuruzzaman alias Gada, 42, Shajahan Ali, 40, Moniruzzaman Moni, 39, and Harunur Rashid Harun, 35 -- will be hauled before the court today on completion of their three-day remand.
Bithi Akter Eva, 18, arrested on charge of abetting the gang-rape, was sent to Tangail District Jail on Friday on completion of her one-day remand.
Dr Bilkis Begum, coordinator of One-stop Crisis Centre (OCC) at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, yesterday said the gang-rape victim had some liquid food like fruit juice and water on Friday, adds our Staff Correspondent in Dhaka.
Dr Bilkis said the victim's condition had also improved slightly. She had shower and came to the OCC office room and sat there for a while. She also had little talks with the doctors and other staff.
The National Children and Women Repression Prevention Committee, Communist Party of Bangladesh and Biplabi Nari Sanghati in separate statements condemned the incident and demanded exemplary punishment of the culprits.
Work for a Better Bangladesh started a weeklong programme yesterday in protest against the grotesque crime.