Bogra Sramik League leader Tufan on 3-day remand for ‘raping girl’

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Bogra, July 30: The three accused, including Bogra town Sramik League convenor Tufan Sarker, were placed on a three-day remand for police interrogation in a case filed for raping a Bogra student after abduction.

Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bogra Shyam Sundar Roy on Sunday passed the remand order after they were rejected the bail petition of Tufan and his two other aides — Ali Azam of Chaksutrapur Khaipatti of the town and Rupom of Kalitala — when police produced them before the court with a seven-day remand plea.

Meanwhile, district Sramik League suspended Tufan, convener of Bogra town unit of the workers’ front of ruling Awami League amid widespread allegation over the rape, a Bogra correspondent reports quoting Shamsuddin Sheikh Hira, president of the same unit.

Tufan abducted the female student from her home, raped her and then asked his party cadres and a woman councillor to make sure everything was hushed up, according to a report of Bangla daily published on Saturday.

They, in their attempt to muffle the victim, picked up the student and her mother, tortured them for four hours and then shaved their heads, the report said.

However, police did not seek remand for another arrestee Atikur Rahman as he gave confessional statement before magistrate.

The victim’s mother filed the rape and torture case against 10 people, including Tufan, his wife Asha Sarkar, Asha’s elder sister, Bogra municipality woman councillor Marzia Akter, Ali Azam and Rupom.

The female councillor and Asha’s sister were on the run.

The victim, who passed SSC this year and was to get into a college, and her mother were admitted to Bogra Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital.

A three-member probe body led by Additional Deputy Magistrate Abdus Samad Pradhan has been formed to investigate the incident.