The involvement of eight Bangladesh Chhatra League activists in a gang rape of a newly-wed woman at Sylhet MC College Hostel was confirmed by a DNA test report, said the police on Monday.
Sylhet Metropolitan Police additional deputy commissioner BM Ashraf Ullah Taher said that they had received the DNA test report and would press charges against the suspects shortly as the DNA report had removed all barriers to implicate the suspects.
‘The charge sheet in the case will be submitted to the court by next week,’ the officer said adding that all of the eight suspects, including the prime suspect Saifur Rahman, had already confessed to the offence before a court.
An SMP officer said that their primary investigation said that Saifur, Tarekul Islam, Shah Mahbubur Rahman Rony and Arzun Laskar raped the newly-wed woman, while the rest assisted them.
The four others are Rabiul Islam, Mahfuzur Rahman Masum, Misbahur Rahman alias Rajan Ahmed and Ayinuddin.
The accused were active in Chattra League politics on the campus, said the police.
On September 25 evening, a group of BCL activists kidnapped the newly-wed couple from MC College at Tilagar in the city.
They raped the woman in the college’s male hostel at Baluchar in the city keeping her husband confined in another room.
On information, the Shah Paran police rescued the victims and admitted the woman to the one-stop crisis centre of Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital.
Later in that night, the husband filed a case against six identified and three unidentified people.
The police raided the college hostel on early Saturday and seized some weapons, including a firearm, from a room in which Saifur was residing illegally for several months.
Later, Shah Paran Police Station sub-inspector Miltan Sarker filed a case against Saifur.
Three separate committees were also formed by the MC College authorities, the education ministry and the High Court to investigate the rape allegation.
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