Tangail bus horror: Suspected robber remanded

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Tangail Correspondent: Dhaka, Aug-04,

A court here on Thursday placed one of the seven armed robbers who allegedly hijacked a Chattogram-bound bus in Tangail, looted commuters and raped a young woman, on a five-day police remand.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Badal Kumar Chanda passed the order after police sought a seven-day remand to interrogate gang member Raza Mia, said court inxpector Tanbir Ahmed.

Meanwhile ,Senior Judicial Majistrate Rumi Khatun recorded statement of the rape survivor under section 22 of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act Thursday evening.

“In primary medical test of the girl evidence of rape was found,” said Assistant Professor Dr Rehana Parvin, head of the three-member medical board formed by Tangail Sheikh Hasina Medical College Hospital in this regard.

Raza Mia, 32, was arrested from the Deula area of Tangail district town Thursday morning, said police.

During interrogation, Raza told cops that he was the one who drove the bus while others held the passengers and staff hostage at gunpoint, said Sarkar Md Kaisar, superintendent of Tangail Police.

The spine-chilling crime occurred in the Raktipara area of Tangail’s Madhupur upazila, off the Dhaka-Tangail Highway, in the early hours of Wednesday when the bus was on its way to Chattogram from Kushtia.

Raza is a driver of ‘Jhatika Service’ bus in Tangail and lived in a rented house in Tangail new bus terminal area.

Posing as passengers, the seven boarded the bus in two groups in a span of 10 minutes around 11pm on Tuesday after it resumed its onward journey following a stopover at a hotel in Sirajganj district.

Twenty-four people, including 22 passengers and two staffers, were on board the bus of ‘Eagle Paribahan’ at the time.

Around 12am on Wednesday, when the bus took the busy Dhaka-Tangail Highway in the Natiapara area, the seven robbers whiffed out guns, hijacked the vehicle, and drove it towards Madhupur upazila.

On a desolate stretch, the armed gang robbed the twenty-four people, including 22 passengers of cash, jewellery and mobile phones.

They then blindfolded the passengers and raped the woman commuter on board.

The passengers’ ordeal continued for over three hours till the seven criminals forced them to get off the bus and drove the heavy vehicle towards Raktipara’s Jam-e-Mosque, where they abandoned it and fled with the booty, police said.

An FIR has been lodged in connection with the robbery and rape.