Suspect arrested over DU student rape

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Dhaka, Jan 08: A suspect was arrested from Gazipur’s Tongi on Wednesday night (1:30am) for his alleged involvement in the rape of a Dhaka University (DU) student.ASP Mizanur Rahman, deputy director (media wing) of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) headquarters, confirmed the arrest but declined to give details.

The RAB was conducting the operation on information teased out from the detained person in initial interrogations, its spokesman Sarwar Bin Quasem told this correspondent.

“We are starting the drive now. I hope we’ll be able to get results tonight and give you the good news,” he said around 1:30am on Wednesday, without revealing the location of the operation.

The RAB has clear description of the rapist’s physical features now, Quasem said.

“We have credible information about those with matching features in this area,” he said.

The RAB official also said they showed a photo of the detainee to the victim but she did not confirm whether it was this man who had raped her.

Earlier, police said they were trying to catch the suspect by using his description provided in the criminal case over the incident.

He also stole the victim’s mobile phone, which rang and can be an important lead, the investigators believe.

The culprit, around 5.4 feet tall, is aged between 25 and 30, according to the case her father had initiated at Cantonment Police Station.

The rapist has light dark skin and medium built. He had short hair when the incident occurred in a dark, secluded place behind bushes beside Airport Road in the capital’s Kurmitola on Sunday evening.

The suspect was wearing worn-out jeans, sandals and a dirty, black, full sleeve jacket.

The second-year DU student was raped in the city’s Kurmitola area on Sunday night.

She is now undergoing treatment at the One-Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Following the incident, DU students blocked Shahbagh intersection for two hours on Monday and gave the authorities a 24-hour ultimatum for arresting those involved in the rape. They continued protests on Tuesday, too.

On Monday, the rape victim informed police that the perpetrator was alone.

Meanwhile, the victim’s father filed a case with the Cantonment Police Station.