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According to Khagrachari Police, there was no communal motive behind the gang rape of a woman with disability by a group of robbers on 24 September in Balpaiya Adam area of Khagrachhari Sadar Upazila.
The robbers raped the woman after tying her up as the opportunity presented itself before them, said police’s Chittagong Range Deputy Inspector General Md Anwar Hossain on 27th September. The arrested robbers have also confessed to raping the woman during questioning after they were caught, he said at a press briefing held in the morning at the district superintendent of police’s (SP) office.
Police identified the arrestees as Nurul Amin, Belal Hossain, Iqbal Hossain, Abdul Halim, Shahin Mia, Md Antar, and Abdur Rashid. They are from Khagrachhari Sadar, Guimara, Ramgarh, and Mataranga upazilas.
SP Md Abdul Aziz also said that the seven men were arrested during raids in different areas under Chittagong and Khagrachhari districts. There were a total of nine robbers who looted that house and raped the woman. Apart from arresting the seven, police have also recovered the looted items. The arrestees were sent to court after their confessions matched the accusations made against them in the case. Police is conducting raids to arrest the other too.
The gang of robbers had swooped into the woman’s house in the early hours of 23th September, where they tied up her parents and took turns to brutally rape her. The attackers fled after robbing gold ornaments and mobile phones.
Her mother filed a case accusing nine people on Thursday afternoon, while Sadar Hospital’s Medical Officer Dr Purno Jibon Chakma told reporters that the woman’s medical test has also been completed.
SP Aziz said eight of the nine men, who robbed the family and raped the woman with disability, were accused in multiple cases filed over different charges, including rape, robbery and firearms. “These men met and got acquainted in prison. They carried out robberies in different areas after coming out of prison on bail. They had also planned to rob this family late on Wednesday night,” he added.