The probe body investigating the rape of a college student and the torture of her mother in Bogra on July 17 was yet to make any significant progress due to the absence of witnesses, officials said.
Since the launch of the investigation 13 days ago, the committee, formed by the Bogra district administration, could only record statements by eight people, including the two victims, said Abdus Samad, additional district magistrate and chief of the committee.
He said that despite publishing advertisements through news media, they had got poor response from the residents of the locality where the crimes were committed allegedly by suspended Sramik League leader Tufan Sarker and his associates.
‘The committee will complete the investigation within a short period after getting more information from local witnesses,’ he said.
On July 17, Tufan reportedly took the college student to his house at Chaksutrapur in Bogra town promising her to secure her admission at a local college and then raped her.
When Tufan’s wife Asha and her elder sister Rumki came to know about the incident, on July 28, they along with some of Tufan’s associates picked up the college student and her mother and took them to Rumki’s house at Badurtala in the town.
They allegedly tortured the college student and her mother and got their heads shaved by a barber.
The mother filed two cases against 10 people, including Tufan, his wife and sister-in-law, with Bogra Sadar police on July 29.
The police arrested 11 people, including Tufan for their alleged involvement in the crimes.
The forensic report handed over to the police on August 3 found evidence of rape and torture, said Bogra Sadar police officer-in-charge (operations) Abul Kalam Azad, also investigation officer of the case.
On August 7, the student was taken to a safe home and her mother to a support centre in Rajshahi.
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