College girl killed after gang-rape on moving bus in Tangail

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Desk report, August 30: A college girl was killed after being gang-raped on a moving bus travelling from Sirajganj to Mymensingh.The victim was identified as Rupa Khatun, daughter of Jilhas Pramanik, a resident of Sirajganj’s Tarash, who studied at Ideal Law College in Dhaka.

She was attacked on a ‘Chhowa Paribahan’ bus on Friday night, the police found out after burying her as an unidentified victim at Tangail’s Modhupur.

The investigation over the unclaimed body has led to the arrest of five including the bus’s supervisor and driver.

Among them, three have confessed to raping the woman. They will be produced before court where their testimonies will be recorded, said officer-in-charge of Modhupur Police Station Shafikul Islam.

She had been working in the promotional division of a company. Her area of coverage was Mymensingh Sadar.

After exam, she left Bogra for Mymensingh by a Chhoa Paribahan bus (Dhaka Metro-Ba-14-3963) with one her of colleagues.

Her colleague got down from the bus at Elenga to get a new bus for Dhaka to join his office there. Rupa was in the bus for heading Mymensingh, he added.

He said Rupa’s Sherpur office colleagues called over her mobile number as she did not reach on time. A youth received the phone call and said ‘the owner left behind the mobile and cut off it. Since, the mobile was found switched off.

Later on Saturday morning, Rupa’s colleagues informed her family that Rupa did not attend office. Then her brother Hafizur filed a general diary (GD) in this connection with Mymensingh Kotwali Model Police Station, the OC said.

On Monday, he identified his sister Rupa after getting news on media. Then, he informed police the matter provided Rupa’s colleagues, he added.

Police on Monday night arrested five people including driver, conductor and helper of the bus. Of them three bus staffs named Shamim, Akram and Jahangir gave the confessional statement to the court on Tuesday.

Her body was found on the Tangail-Mymensingh Highway at Modhupur’s Panchish Mile area around 11:00pm on Friday.