Dhaka – Police on Saturday arrested the prime suspect of rape and murder of a minor girl in a remote village of north-eastern Habiganj district.
The lawmen picked up Babul Mia, who is accused in a case of rape and murder of 14-year old girl Beauty Akther in Shaestaganj of Habiganj, from Bianibazar of neighbouring Sylhet district, where the suspect had been hiding after the incident.
A joint team of Rapid Action Battalion and district police captured the suspected criminal, said Mufti Mahmud Khan, spokesman of the battalion.
The body of Akther, the daughter of day labourerof Brahmandanga village of Shaestaganj, was found in a lush green field after she was abandoned by the rapists and killers on March 16.
The body of the ill-fated girl went viral on social media and people from different strata demand punishment of the perpetrators of the crimes.
It is alleged that Babul Mia and his associates abducted the girl from her home in Brahamdanga village on January 21. They allegedly kept her confined and raped for nearly a month. Later he dropped the girl at her home.
But, Sayed Ali, father of the girl, on March 1 filed a case against Mia and his associates and sent her girl to his father-in-law’s home. The gang later on March 16 abducted the girl from her grandfather’s home at Gunipur village. The body of the girl was found on the following morning in a field nearby.
A fresh case was filed against three persons, including Babul Mia, accusing them of being involved in the rape and murder of the young girl. Then the police detained Kalamchan, the mother of Babul Mia, and one Ismail on March 21.
A three-member panel headed by Bidhan Tripura, the superintended of district police, was asked to report in three days to unearth the fact and the role of the enforcement agencies during incident.