Sylhet Woman and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal on Sunday deferred till January 27 the start to recording of testimony of prosecution witnesses in the case of the gang-rape of a newly married woman in a Sylhet MC College hostel on September 25, 2020.
Judge Mohitul Haque Chowdhury set the new date, rejecting a prayer of the plaintiff’s lawyer for running simultaneously trial procedures in the rape case and an arms case filed against eight activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, student organisation of ruling Awami League.
Public prosecutor of the tribunal, Rashida Sayeeda Khanam, told New Age that the tribunal judge set January 27 for recording witness testimonies.
On January 17, the tribunal framed charges against the eight BCL activists in the rape case.
Earlier on December 3, 2030, Shah Paran police inspector Indranil Bhattacharya, also investigation officer of the two cases, submitted the charge sheets to the chief judicial magistrate court.
Among the eight accused, Saifur Rahman, 28, Shah Mahbubur Rahman Rony, 25, Tarekul Islam Tarek, 28, Arzun Laskar, 25, Misbahul Islam alias Rajan, 26, and Ayinuddin alias Ainul, 28, were named in the charge sheet for their direct involvement in the gang-rape and Rabiul Islam, 25, and Mahfuzur Rahman Masum, 25, were named for assisting the suspected rapists, court officials said.
All of them were involved in activities of the MC College unit BCL.
Later, the CJMC sifted the rape case to the women and children repression prevention tribunal for framing charge against the accused, court sources said.
In the evening of September 25, 2020, a group of BCL activists kidnapped a newly-wed couple from in front of the main entrance of the MC College at Tilagar in the city.
Later, they gang-raped the woman at the college’s male student hostel at Baluchar in the city keeping her husband confined at the hostel.
The Shah Paran police rescued the victims from the college hostel and admitted the woman to the one-stop crisis centre of Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital.
Later in that night, the victim’s husband filed a case in this connection with the police against six named and three unidentified persons.
The police also raided the college hostel on that night and seized a number of weapons, including a firearm, from a room in which Saifur had been living illegally for several months.
Shah Paran police sub-inspector Miltan Sarker also filed a case in this regard against Saifur, the police said.
The police arrested the eight suspects.
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