Metropolitan magistrates recorded statements of two key suspects in the case of raping two university students inside Raintree hotel at Banani in Dhaka while another suspect was remanded in police custody.
Metropolitan magistrates Ahsan Habib and Sadbir Yasir Ahsan Chowdhury recorded the statements of Shafat Ahmed, son of Apan Jewellers owner Dildar Ahmed Salim, and Sadman Sakif, son of Picasso Restaurant co-owner Mohammad Hossain Jony Shikdar, respectively in their chambers on Thursday afternoon. Both suspects were sent to jail.
Another magistrate SM Masud Zaman remanded Nayeem Ashraf alias Hasan Mohammad Halim for seven days in police custody. Nayeem was arrested from Lauhajang in Munshiganj on Wednesday evening.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, meanwhile, said on the day that the offenders involved in the incident would be brought to justice if their offences were proven, reported United News of Bangladesh. ‘No matter which influential class he belongs to,’ he said.
In the case, a female university student accused Shafat and Nayem of raping her and her friend while Sakif, Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain, and bodyguard Rahmat Ali of assisting the suspected rapists.
According to the complaint, the rapes were committed in separate rooms at the Raintree hotel when the two students went there to attend the birthday party of Shafat on March 28 but they were confined and raped overnight at gun point.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police, meanwhile, said that the suspects had admitted of having sexual intercourse at the time.
During Thursday’s briefing, DMP additional commissioner Monirul Islam claimed that Nayeem had admitted the ‘fact’ of the incident. He, however, added, ‘For the sake of the ongoing investigation, it is not the right time to detail what had actually happened. There were incidents of rape.’
Replying to a question, Monirul said that they had interviewed the two victims.
In another development, customs Intelligence officials said that Apan Jewellers had not showed up to collect their documents on the day.
The custom intelligence seized 497kg gold and 429gm diamonds in raids on five Apan Jewellers showrooms in Dhaka in May 14-15.
The officials allowed Apan Jewellers to collect their registrar and documents preserved in their outlets at 2:00pm on Thursday after Apan Jewellers owners – Dildar Ahmed, Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed – went to the customs directorate office at Kakrail in the city Wednesday morning and sought 15 days to submit the documents and explanations about the sources of the seized gold and diamonds.
The customs Intelligence deputy director Saiful Islam said, ‘Our teams were waiting in front of the branch for hours and even made phone calls, but they did not respond to our calls.’
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