Gang-rape, robbery on moving bus: What the victim said
The woman who was raped after robbers took control of a bus in Tangail yesterday has given her statement on the incident today (August 4, 2022).
"Before they started robbing the passengers, one of the robbers wanted to sit next to me, but I did not allow that. When they started robbing the passengers and were tying me up, I resisted and tried to stop them – triggering their wrath on me," she said. She is currently receiving treatment at a Tangail hospital.
The victim also said she was tied up, blindfolded and then raped six times, reports Tangail correspondent.
The woman boarded the Eagle Paribahan bus from Kushtia's Daulatpur. "I got on the bus at 8 pm and around 11 pm the robbers, posing as passengers, got on the bus from three different spots in Sirajganj," she said.
"Around 1 am they started robbing the bus. They first threatened the driver, helper and supervisor with knives and moved them to the back of the bus and tied them up. They also tortured and abused the passengers. After a few hours, they stopped the bus and got down," she added.
The robbers stopped the bus at Tangail's Madhupur.
The in-charge of the hospital, where the woman is being treated, told The Daily Star: "Preliminary tests have been run but more time is needed for doctors to give a report."
The Superintendent of Tangail Police, Sarkar Mohammad Kaisar, said one person has been arrested in connection with the incident and they are trying to arrest the others.
The arrestee Raja Miah (30) was detained from the New Bus Terminal area early today. It was Raja who took charge of driving the Eagle Paribahan bus after the driver, helper and supervisor were tied up at the back of the bus, the SP said.
According to Madhupur Police Station sources, one of the passengers of the bus filed a case accusing 10-12 unnamed people in this connection.