Probe committee formed over gang-rape at MC College...

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Probe committee formed over gang-rape at MC College

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 06:11 PM, 29 September 2020   Updated: 08:08 PM, 29 September 2020

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The High Court has formed a joint committee to investigate the incident of gang-rape of a housewife at MC College in Sylhet. Judges of the Women and Child Abuse Suppression Tribunal in Sylhet, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate and the Additional Deputy Commissioner have been directed to conduct the inquiry.

At the same time, it has been asked to submit a report to the High Court within the next 15 days after the investigation. Besides, the Commissioner of Police has been directed to provide security and co-operation to the members of the committee during the search.

The High Court also issued a rule asking why disciplinary action would not be taken against college authorities for raping housewives due to their irresponsibility. Besides, the court also fixed October 16 for the next hearing of the case.

The High Court Bench headed by Justice Md. Mojibur Rahman Mia and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order after hearing an application in this regard.

Lawyer Mohammad Mesbah Uddin appeared for the court on behalf of the application. On the other hand, Deputy Attorney General Nowroz Chowdhury represented the state.

Earlier, lawyer Mohammad Mesbah Uddin brought to the notice of the High Court a report published in a newspaper seeking action on the insouciance of the college authorities in the incident of the gang rape of a housewife who was snatched from her husband at MC College in Sylhet. Later, the court asked the lawyer to file an application in this regard. The lawyer later appealed to the court seeking necessary directions in the housewife rape case and held a hearing.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Education has formed a three-member committee to investigate the incident of gang rape. Monday, This high-level committee was formed under the leadership of the director of the Department of Secondary and Higher Education (College and Administration) Md. Shahedul Kabir Chowdhury.

Incidentally, on the night of September 25, a housewife was gang-raped while going for a walk with her husband at MC College. At around 8:30 pm, the housewife was forcibly taken away from her husband and raped by BCL activists in front of the dormitory. At that time, two people detained her husband in front of the college.

The housewife's husband filed a case with the Shahparan police station. Three other unidentified persons including six BCL leaders and activists were accused in the case. The accused BCL activists are said to be followers of Ranjit Sarkar, former youth and sports affairs secretary of the Sylhet district Awami League.

The victim gave a statement to Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Third Court Judge Sharmin Khanam Nila on Sunday night. At this time, she gave a detailed description of the incident. The court recorded the housewife's statement and handed her over to the family.

So far, Sylhet Range Police and RAB-9 have arrested seven people, including five accused in the case. Six of them have been remanded for five days.

They are Saifur Rahman, the main accused in the case, Arjun Laskar, the fourth accused, Rabiul Hasan, the president of MC College branch of Muktijuddha Mancha, Mahbubur Rahman Rony, the accused Rajan, and Ainuddin.