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No negligence found in registering Banani rape case: Police

DHAKA, May 22, 2017 (BSS) - Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah today claimed that there was no negligence in registering the case over Banani rape incident.

He said, "No negligence was found in registering the case over the rape incident of two university students at Banani. But, there were some irregularities to this end."

The concerned people will be asked to give reply in line with the report, the DMP chief added.

The DMP commissioner said this while replying to queries from newsmen after holding a meeting over the security arrangements during the holy month of Ramadan.

The three-member-committee formed to investigate into the allegation of negligence in registering the Banani rape case has already submitted its report to the DMP chief.

On May 6, a case was filed with Banani Police Station against five persons on charges of raping two girls at a birthday party of Safat Ahmed after confining them to a room of Raintree Hotel at Banani on March 28.

The case details said, Safat, son of Dildar Ahmed, one of the owners of Apan Jewellers, and his friend Abdul Halim alias Naim Ashraf allegedly raped the girls while Safats bodyguard Abul Kalam Azad held them at gunpoint and driver Billal videotaped the incident. Another accused Sadman Sakif helped them in doing the misdeed.

On May 18, Safat and Sadman gave confessional statements before two

separate courts under section 164. They were arrested from Sylhet on May 11. The court sent them to jail after recording their confessional statements.

Another key accused in the case, Abdul Halim alias Naim Ashraf, who was arrested from Munshiganj on Wednesday night, was placed on a seven-day-remand on Thursday.

Two other accused-driver Billal and bodyguard Abul Kalam Azad-were sent to the jail upon completion of their remand. They were arrested from the citys Banani and Wari areas on May 15.

In the recent development, a Dhaka court on Sunday gave permission to conduct forensic examinations of five mobile phone sets seized from the prime accused Safat Ahmed and his accomplice Sadman Sakif.

Earlier on May 11, the two rape victims gave statements before the court under Section 22 of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000 describing the incident.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)