Police yesterday arrested a youth for his alleged involvement in the gang-rape of two female students in Pirojpur's Mathbaria upazila.
The arrestee is Abu Bakar Sagar, 20, of the upazila's Uttar Mithakhali village, said police.
AJM Masuduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Mathbaria Police Station, said the girls, along with their two male classmates, went to a college in Bamna upazila to submit papers for their admission.
On their way back to home, they planned to visit Horinpala Eco Park in Bhandaria upazila. A battery-run three-wheeler, by which they were going to the Eco Park, got damaged on their way.
A group of youths then abducted the girls, took them to a nearby isolated place, and raped them. The miscreants also demanded Tk 15,000 ransom from the girls' relatives.
On information, police recovered the girls from the spot but the criminals managed to flee the scene.
Later, police arrested Sagar in Charkhali area of Pirojpur's Bhandaria upazila early yesterday.
The girls' paternal grandfathers filed a case accusing four named and three unnamed youths under the Woman and Child Repression Prevention Act.
"We have sent the victims to Pirojpur civil surgeon's office for their medical tests," said the OC.
Meanwhile, a Jashore court yesterday sent a man to jail on charges of raping a schoolgirl in Dhaka.
The accused -- Tarun Kumar Barman, a fisherman of Abhaynagar -- abducted the ninth grader, confined her in a house in Dhaka and repeatedly raped her, said police.
According to the girl's mother, she and her daughter were going to her father's house on Monday. On their way, Tarun and his cohorts abducted the daughter.
Acting on a tip-off, police rescued the girl from a Dhaka house and arrested the accused on Thursday night.
The girl was also sent to Jashore General Hospital yesterday for medical tests.
Milon Kumar Mandal, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Abhaynagar Police Station, said a case was filed in this connection.
Our Pirojpur and Benapole correspondents contributed to this report.