3 miscreants identified over gang-rape of female tourist in Cox’s Bazar, hotel manager detained

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Cox’s Bazar, Dec 23: Three miscreants have been identified from CCTV footage over the gang rape of a woman tourist in Cox’s Bazar.

Crime Prevention Company (CPC) commander of RAB-15 major Mehedi Hasan told local reporters that drive is going on to detain the three.

He said one of the miscreants is Ashik, a criminal from Cox’s Bazar city’s Baharchhara area.

No case has so far been filed over the incident as of 6:00pm on Thursday. The victim is now undergoing medical tests at One-Stop Crisis Center (OCC) of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.

RAB detained Riaz Uddin Choton, 29, manager of the resort where the miscreants took the woman and raped her.

Earlier, the incident took place at Zia Guest Inn in Cox’s Bazar Zone around 1.30 pm on Wednesday.

According to RAB, CCTV footage of Zia Guest Inn was collected after the incident. It was seen that three young men brought a woman in an autorickshaw. They booked a hotel room. The hotel manager Choton was at the reception at that time. Then they went upstairs with the woman. They went out around 10:30 pm but the woman was not seen with them.

After identifying the two from the footage, the woman recognized them as she was shown the picture of the detainees.

RAB-15 Commander Major Mehedi Hasan said Choton, the manager of Zia Guest Inn Hotel, had been detained for questioning. He was on the run after the incident.

Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital’s residential medical officer (RMO) Shahin Md Abdur Rahman Chowdhury said the women might need to stay two to three days at the hospital.

The husband of the 22-year-old victim said that he went to Cox’s Bazar with his wife and their eight-month-old baby on Wednesday morning. He had an altercation with one of the accused after he accidentally bumped into the latter in the afternoon at Laboni point.

The young man later called his accomplices to the spot. They kidnapped the woman in an auto-rickshaw in the evening and raped her at a makeshift tea stall. Later the three miscreants took the woman to a resort and left her under lock and keys.

The victim said she opened the room’s door with help of another person and called national helpline 999. The authorities of the helpline asked her to file a general diary (GD) first. The victim later called RAB-15 and they rescued the woman from the resort.