Three Bandarban BGB men face charges of rape

A case was filed on Friday against four individuals, including three members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), for allegedly raping two minor girls of the Tripura community at Rangati’s Tripura Para in Lama upazila on Wednesday.

The victims, both fifth-graders of Banfur Government Primary School, are currently receiving medical treatment at Sadar Hospital.

District Civil Surgeon Dr Aung Swi Prue Marma said the victims have undergone necessary medical tests.

He said a medical board in this regard will be formed on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a case was filed under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act with Lama Police Station against four people, said its officer-in-charge Appela Raju Naha.

“Legal actions will be taken accordingly,” he said.

In the case statement, the victims alleged that they were taken to a nearby jungle from their home in Tripura Para by a man, Jonerong Tripura, late Wednesday, where three ‘BGB troops, Sumon, Maruf and Rabiul Islam’, violated them.

Jonerong Tripura was the fourth accused in the case as an accomplice to the crime, said the OC.

The victims’ relatives, including Lama Upazila Tripura Student Forum President Nelson Tripura, said the girls hid in the jungle for the remainder of the night out of fear.

After they revealed the incident to their family members the next day, the matter was brought to the notice of BGB’s Banfur Bazar camp commander.

Later, the camp commander organised an arbitration among local influential people and the victims’ family members to settle the issue, locals said.

When asked, Commander of BGB-11 Battalion Lt Col Asaduzzaman told reporters that the filing of the case is part of a conspiracy for the withdrawal of their camp from the area.

There are no soldiers in the camp with the names of the accused, he claimed.

The authorities concerned will conduct their own investigation into the matter, the commander added.

source: UNB