Police yesterday arrested one more accused in connection with the gang-rape of a mother of four in Noakhali's Subarnachar upazila early December 31.
A team of the district detective branch arrested Salahuddin, the ninth accused in the rape case, from Sultanpur area in Feni Sadar in the morning.
With Salahuddin, eight people have so far been arrested in the case filed by the husband of the 35-year-old victim.
Meantime, a Noakhali court yesterday placed seven people, including a former Awami League leader, on five-day remand each in connection with the case.
Judge of Cognisance Court-2 Nobonita Guha passed the order after police produced them before it around 1pm with seven days remand prayer for each of them, said Ibrahim Khalil, inspector (investigation) of Char Jabbar Police Station and also the investigation officer of the case.
The remanded accused are Md Sohel, Swapan, Ibrahim Khalil Bechu, Badsha Alam Bashu, former union parishad member and recently sacked Subarnachar Upazila unit AL publicity secretary Ruhul Amin, Jashim Uddin and Hasan Ali Bulu.
Though Ruhul Amin, Hasan Ali Bulu and Jashim Uddin were not named in the FIR (first information report), police arrested them as their involvement was revealed during the course of investigation, police said.
The woman, who was being treated at Noakhali General Hospital with severe injuries, claimed that she was raped by 10 to 12 accomplices of Ruhul Amin at his instruction for voting for “sheaf of paddy”, the electoral symbol of BNP.
Awami League on Saturday expelled Ruhul Amin from the party for his alleged involvement in the gang-rape.
The case was handed over to the Detective Branch (DB) for further investigation.